"Everyone at the Table!" Minister Bibeau highlights actions on food fraud through the Food Policy for Canada
"Our Government is committed to addressing food fraud, which is an emerging issue resulting in consumers and food business not getting what they are paying for. It can pose a potential health risk to consumers, reputational risks to our world-class Canadian food industry, as well as unfair competition for our producers. Through the Food Policy for Canada, we will address those risks and ensure our food system can prosper and grow."
- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"I am proud to join Minister Bibeau here in Edmonton to announce important investments that will help Canada tackle the issue of food fraud, and help crack down on mislabeling and misrepresentation of food products."
- Randy Boissonault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre
Food fraud can be found in all different types of food but may be most often reported in olive oil, honey, dry spices, fish, and organic food products.
In certain cases, food fraud can be a health risk if someone has food allergies and/or when a hazardous material is added to food, such as melamine in milk. Food fraud can occur at any step in the food processing continuum (raw product, processing, packaging, etc.).
In Canada, it is prohibited to sell a food that is unsafe or falsely labelled. However, food fraud still happens and is an emerging issue around the world. It is estimated that fraud may cost the global food industry between $10 and $15 billion per year, affecting about 10% of all commercially-sold food products.
In 2017, Canada produced 92 million pounds of honey, worth $188 million, while imports were worth $41 million.
The Food Policy for Canada will also help the country meet its commitments under the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, including to end hunger, promote good health, cut food waste, and encourage a sustainable food system.
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