Online Tool to Help in Preventing Food Related Illness
February 7, 2014, Ottawa: Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced the launch of a searchable database to help the food industry identify and address food safety hazards. The online database, known as the Reference Database for Hazard Identification (RDHI), provides a useful industry resource to assist in the development of preventive food safety control plans. Industry can search the tool for food and food-borne hazards in production and processing to help guide the development of their food safety plans.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) works closely with the food industry to verify that food safety risks are addressed and consumers are protected.
Through the Healthy and Safe Food for Canadians Framework, the Government of Canada continues to take action to strengthen Canada's word-class food safety system. The launch of the database demonstrates our commitment to help industry keep pace with the evolving food safety environment and implement the best approaches to protect consumers.
- Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health
Food and consumer products manufacturers welcome the new online, RDHI. It is this kind of modernization and innovation at CFIA that directly supports the development of enhanced food safety programs for manufacturers here in Canada. There has been significant progress in recent years toward modernizing tools such as this, as well as the regulatory process. We look forward to continuing our work with the government to build on those accomplishments and uphold Canada's world-renowned safety standards.
- Susan Abel, Vice President, Safety & Compliance, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
The CFIA works closely with industry to promote compliance by making sure that they are aware of their requirements under the law. Ultimately, consumers benefit from a safer food supply.
- Dr. Martine Dubuc, Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada and Vice-President, Science, CFIA
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
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