Executive Summary of the Food Expert Advisory Committee Meeting (FEAC) - June 10, 2015
1. Opening Remarks
Dr. Keith Mussar and Ms. Francy Pillo-Blocka, Co-chairs of the Food Expert Advisory Committee, welcomed members and observers to the meeting. They introduced Karen McIntyre as the new Director General, Food Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, and noted recent Senior Management changes at Health Canada. They thanked the members for their contributions and commented on their important roles and responsibilities as members.
2. Membership Nomination 2015
Ms. Karen McIntyre announced that the membership nomination process for 2015 would be launched shortly. Members with terms expiring in September 2015 will be asked to confirm if they are interested in extending their terms to a time when new members can be appointed through the nomination process.
3. FD 2015-16 Key Commitments
Ms. Karen McIntyre provided an overview of the Key Commitments for the Food Directorate in 2015-16. Ms. McIntyre emphasized the importance of leveraging partners and engaging stakeholders early on.
4. Adventitious presence and allergens
Ms. Barbara Lee and Mr. Michael Abbott, Bureau of Chemical Safety (BCS), provided an update on adventitious presence of allergens in grain-based foods.
5. Reference of Contaminants under Division 15
Ms. Barbara Lee, BCS, provided a status update on the regulatory package on contaminants and other adulterating substances in foods. The proposed incorporation by reference would be treated in the same manner as other regulatory changes.
6, Nutritional Labelling Update
Dr. William Yan, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences (BNS), provided an update on nutrition labelling. Members were informed that a consultation process would be launched shortly in Canada Gazette, Part I and that webinars would be scheduled to answer stakeholder questions. Fact sheets will be shared with FEAC members.
7. FEAC Member Information Sharing
FEAC members gave updates on various areas of interest or issues Health Canada could address.
8. Closing Remarks
Dr. Keith Mussar, Ms. Francy Pillo-Blocka and Ms. Karen McIntyre thanked members and presenters for their participation in the meeting. Ms. McIntyre expressed she is looking forward to working with FEAC members.
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