MRLs, human health, and food safety:  Shared responsibility

Food safety and our food supply is a priority for people in Canada and the Government of Canada. The government makes sure growers and food producers properly use and apply pesticides and respect established residue limits.

When it comes to pesticides, the responsibility for food safety is shared between:

Growers and food producers help keep our food supply safe by following good agricultural, food safety and sustainable pest management practices, and by following label directions when using pesticides. This relationship helps ensure pesticides are applied properly to help keep pesticide residues within the maximum residue limits (MRLs).

The provinces and territories help promote and strengthen pesticide regulation across Canada through education, training and certification. Find more information on these standards:

Pesticide Education, Training and Certification

There are 3 main federal departments or organizations that work together to ensure our food is safe when it comes to pesticides:

Health Canada is responsible for:

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is responsible for:

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is responsible for:

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