Inspection Verification Teams
The Harper Government has committed $16 million over three years to establish the Inspection Verification Teams (IVTs) to oversee the performance of Canada's entire food inspection system.
The goal is to verify that a consistent level of thoroughness is applied in inspections of federally registered facilities across the country so that Canadian families have confidence in our food safety system. The IVTs will also allow the CFIA to continually improve and strengthen Canada's inspection system.
Existing front-line CFIA inspectors will continue to conduct specified daily tasks to verify that a plant's food safety requirements are being met while the IVTs have a broader oversight role. They will conduct targeted spot checks in federally registered establishments across the country with the aim of verifying that the overall food safety system is effective, and that inspection processes are consistently and rigorously followed and enforced. Any non-compliance identified during these verifications which could affect food safety will be dealt with immediately.
The IVTs will identify best practices and areas for improvement, and make sure that inspectors have the tools they need.
Federally registered establishments will be selected based on a pre-determined set of selection criteria that will be evaluated every year. These selection criteria may include, but are not limited to compliance history; number and type of corrective actions requests; and recalls.
Currently, six teams comprised of three inspection verification officers are conducting these targeted verifications. The CFIA plans to deploy an additional four teams by fall 2014 for a total of 10 teams and 30 verification officers.
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