The CFIA Chronicle

Summer 2017

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Message from the President and the Executive Vice-President

Photo - B.A. (Bruce) Archibald, Carolina Giliberti

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proud to be a global leader when it comes to safeguarding plants, animal health, and food, but this hasn't happened over night. This year, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we reflect on our achievements that have earned us a world class reputation and anticipate our future challenges in the years ahead.

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My CFIA: At your service

Plant, Animal and Food Businesses across Canada will be using My CFIA to help follow regulations

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Food Safety in a Changing Environment

Recent reports on food labelling fraud, food recalls and Genetically Modified foods have shown that Canadians are paying close attention to what they consume and want information to assure that the food they eat is safe and accurately represented.

Next Steps: Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Next Steps: Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Consultations on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations closed on April 21, 2017 and the CFIA is now in the next phase of the regulatory process which involves reviewing and analyzing feedback.

Food Allergen Labelling

Food Allergen Labelling

Did you know there are about 350 food recalls in Canada every year and undeclared food allergens continue to be one of the most common reasons for these recalls? For a business, food recalls can be costly and affect your reputation.

BioSAFE Project Uses Genetic Blueprints to Study Forest Enemies

BioSAFE Project Uses Genetic Blueprints to Study Forest Enemies

Canada is the largest forest product exporter in the world, exporting $33 billion dollars of products to about 175 different countries annually. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is teaming up with Natural Resources Canada and FPInnovations to decode the genomes of insects and pathogens that threaten Canada's thriving forest export industry through a new project called BioSurveillance of Alien Forest Enemies (BioSAFE).

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Upcoming Changes to Humane Transportation of Animals Regulations

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working to update regulations for the humane transport of animals, specifically Part XII of the federal Health of Animals Regulations.

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Did You Know?

Our scientists monitor the health of domestic and wild animals by testing over 400,000 samples every year.

Consultation and Engagement Opportunities

Consultation is a key activity of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). It supports open and transparent government. We encourage you to have a look at the complete list of consultation and engagement opportunities, become informed and have your say.

Questions or Suggestions

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