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The CFIA would like to clarify the recent statements made in the media regarding the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) audit of Canada's meat, poultry and egg inspection systems.

This audit was conducted in 2014.

Canada received a draft version of the audit report for comment in January 2015 and responded in May 2015. The United States (US) accepted Canada's response, which is included in the final report posted on the USDA website. There are no outstanding issues and there was never any impact on trade.

The final audit report - (PDF 5.25 MB) confirms that Canada's meat, poultry and egg inspection systems are equivalent to the US inspection systems, and that all Canadian federally registered establishments permitted to export to the US can continue to export goods.

It is important to note that there was no product contamination associated with any of the US findings, which have been addressed to the satisfaction of USDA authorities.

Canada regularly audits, and is audited by, its trading partners, including the US. These routine audits help Canada and its trading partners maintain confidence in each other's food safety inspection systems. It is expected that audits such as these will identify opportunities for improvement and we notify each other of any issues of concern.

Last year alone we posted audits of the European Union (including France, Ireland, Italy, and Sweden) as well as Argentina, and were audited by a number of countries including China, Japan, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia.

Canadians can be assured that we have a strong and robust food safety inspection system, which is based on internationally accepted best practices that are supported by scientific evidence, solid surveillance programs and a commitment to continuous improvement.

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