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How Canada's food safety system works

Anyone who sells food in Canada is responsible for making sure it is safe to eat. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enforces federal food safety regulations for both domestic and imported food.

Even in a modern, effective food safety system such as Canada's, risks cannot be completely eliminated when unsafe food enters the marketplace. The CFIA works with the company to ensure that the public is informed and that the recall was effective at removing products from the market.

Consumers can help protect themselves and their families by following safe food handling practices at home and staying informed about food recalls and allergy alerts.

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