Canadian Food Safety Information Network (CFSIN)
The Canadian Food Safety Information Network (CFSIN) is a federal initiative that will better anticipate, detect and respond to food safety events and emergencies, by connecting and coordinating federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) food safety and public health authorities.
CFSIN is led by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and delivered in collaboration with
- The Public Health Agency of Canada
- Health Canada
- Provincial and territorial partners
The vision and objectives of CFSIN were formed following a 2008 outbreak of listeriosis that tragically claimed the lives of 22 Canadians. Following the outbreak, the Government of Canada appointed an independent investigator, who recommended the establishment of an integrated FPT network to better respond to future food safety emergencies.
This network will create a shared food safety data repository, analytical tools to identify emerging issues, and provide a platform for partners to share information and resources securely and quickly during food safety incidents and emergencies.
These tools will strengthen the ability of food safety authorities to work together for a better protected food supply across Canada.
Learn about how the CFSIN will mean a better protected food supply across Canada.
The CFSIN will create an enhanced network of food safety authorities and food testing laboratories across Canada. It will mean that food safety partners can use digital tools to respond in a more coordinated way across provincial and territorial borders, to predict and respond to food-borne illness incidents.
It will also allow the sharing of data, expertise, analysis, scientific techniques and rapid alerts and communication through the following functions:
- Laboratory mapping – Online geographical mapping of partner laboratories to identify their capacity and capabilities
- Scanning and Intelligence – Tools to identify and analyze local or global food safety issues, track new scientific findings, and perform innovative capture of food safety concerns found on social media, or other open sources
- Collaboration – A secure online environment for network partners to collaborate and communicate through news postings, shared scientific research, data, and working groups
- Food safety event management – Tools to manage food-borne illness outbreaks across provinces and jurisdictions
- Early warning – Predictive analytics of food safety data from all partners to better predict food safety issues before they happen
- Alerting – Automated or manually triggered food safety alerts and warnings distributed to partners
Benefits for Canadians
CFSIN will mean that food safety partners across Canada can work together for a better protected food supply.
With greater sharing and analysis of data, CFSIN will improve the identification of food safety issues. When issues do arise, rapid alerts and early warnings will mean CFSIN partners can take quick and coordinated action to help reduce the impact of outbreaks.
A shared laboratory network will also mean that the essential testing to help identify, trace and resolve food-borne illness can be better coordinated than ever before.
Adoption of this Pan-Canadian approach to food safety also has benefits for the economy. By building greater trust, engagement and evidence with trading partners, CFSIN can help increase access for Canadian food products around the world.
Who can I contact for more information about the The Canadian Food Safety Information Network?
Do you have any questions about CFSIN? You can request further information by contacting us at:
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