New Canadian food safety network aims to speed response times

Meat_Tenderizing_Canada_blogIn an effort to improve Canada’s ability to anticipate, detect and respond to food safety risks, the Canadian Federal Government recently announced it will invest C$30.7 million ($24.7 million USD) over the next five years in the country’s own food safety system.

According to a recent article, this investment will help fund the new Food Safety Information Network (FSIN), which will help connect federal and provincial food safety laboratories and regulators across the country, and standardize food safety testing while leveraging existing laboratory capacity.

In a statement, the government said the new network will help rapidly identify, mobilize and coordinate laboratory surge capacity and capabilities during complex food safety incidents and emergencies. The FSIN will also allow near-real time sharing, organization and analysis of food safety information across the country to inform more preventive and timely risk management decisions.

As stated in the article, the network will also offer Canadian consumers the following benefits:

  • Faster, more proactive food safety interventions.
  • More preventive food safety programs and inspections to better protect consumers.
  • Strengthened laboratory emergency response during food safety incidents and emergencies (which should speed up recalls, for example).
  • Improved guidance on reducing food safety risks.

Federal partners to FSIN include the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

“Our government continues to invest and work collaboratively to strengthen food safety by sharing information and laboratory data,” Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, said in another article. “These investments mean near real-time sharing of food safety information and laboratory data allowing the government to better manage emerging issues and respond to food safety incidents and emergencies.

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