Government of Canada provides $20 million to safeguard Canada's food supply by supporting critical food inspection services
"I thank the whole team at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency who are adjusting rapidly in spite of all the challenges presented by COVID-19. With these additional resources, and thanks to the valued collaboration between inspectors, business leaders and the provinces, CFIA is ensuring their critical services are available to the food sector."
– Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"The health and safety of Canadians are at the forefront of the government's work during this unprecedented health crisis. This investment supports the Government of Canada's goal to ensure Canadians continue to have healthy, high-quality food."
– Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health
The CFIA plays a critical role in safeguarding a healthy food supply system, ensuring the foods Canadians eat are safe and facilitating the trade of food and food products internationally.
There is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of COVID-19. Canadians can be assured that Canada has a strong food safety system.
An agreement with Alberta on cooperation between provincial and federal inspection services was announced April 1, 2020. A protocol has also been developed with Alberta to guide the safe resumption of operations in meat processing facilities after the detection of COVID-19.
In order to help redirect food destined for the foodservice industry to retail outlets and grocery stores, the CFIA created flexibility in the standard packaging and labelling requirements that are not related to food safety for a 90-day period.
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
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