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Introduces monetary penalties for non-compliance with meat safety requirements

July 16, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Today, the Government of Canada is further strengthening Canada's food safety system by allowing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to issue monetary penalties to businesses that do not meet Canada's meat safety requirements. The new regulatory amendment expands Administrative Monetary Penalities (AMPs) to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.

The regulations come into force immediately. The CFIA will be working with the Canadian meat industry to help gradually transition to the new regulations. The amendments to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalities Regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on July 16, 2014.

Quick Facts

  • This regulatory amendment will allow CFIA inspectors to issue an AMP for non-compliance with 84 provisions of the Meat Inspection Act (MIA) and the Meat Inspection Regulations (MIR). These provisons include items related to: food safety (control programs such as HACCP) and non-food safety (labelling and consumer protection).
  • AMPs do not replace existing inspection and enforcement tools, but instead offer the Agency an additional tool in managing non-compliance situations.
  • The expansion of the AMPs to include the MIA and MIR supports other activities being undertaken by the CFIA, such as those outlined in the Healthy and Safe Food for Canadians Framework. This framework illustrates how our Government is working to prevent food safety risks and protect Canadians when unsafe products enter the marketplace.

Quotes

Knowing that food is healthy and safe to eat is fundamentally important to all Canadians and their families. Our Government is committed to protecting consumers and is taking steps to further strengthen Canada's food safety system by introducing penalties for companies that fail to meet meat safety requirements.

- Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health

AMPs are an additional tool that will support the CFIA in delivering its mandate for food safety. AMPs do not replace existing inspection and enforcement tools, but instead offer additional flexibility in addressing meat-related violations.

- Dr. Martine Dubuc, Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada and Vice-President, Science Branch, CFIA

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Contacts

Michael Bolkenius
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200

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CFIA Media Relations
613-773-6600


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