Food In Canada


Ron Doering

Ron Doering

Ron is counsel in the Ottawa offices of Gowlings, and is a past president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

  • Opinion

    Sue the CFIA for its negligence? Good luck

    October 10, 2017 by Ron Doering

    If the CFIA’s negligence causes economic loss, can the injured food company obtain compensation through litigation?

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  • Opinion

    Yes, CFIA, safe food is the priority but it’s not your only job

    August 8, 2017 by Ron Doering

    The CFIA has a clear legislative mandate to help the commercial interests of Canadian industry

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  • Opinion

    Happy birthday, CFIA

    May 4, 2017 by Ron Doering

    The 20th anniversary of the Canadian Food Inspection  Agency (CFIA) seems to have gone by unnoticed, even by the CFIA. Has it lived up to the original vision? Has it achieved its promise from 20 years ago? Of course I’m

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  • Opinion

    Fettering discretion

    March 7, 2017 by Ron Doering

    A cautionary reminder for regulators and their ministers

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  • Opinion

    Another victory for anti-science? Mandatory labelling of GE food

    December 8, 2016 by Ron Doering

    The United States has just adopted another policy that has important implications for Canada. On July 29, 2016 President Obama signed Bill 764 requiring labelling on all foods to indicate whether or not the food contains GMO ingredients. The federal

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  • Opinion

    Food Lawyers: A brief retrospective

    September 26, 2016 by Ron Doering

    With the growth of food law in the last 20 years has come an explosion in media attention to food issues

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  • Opinion

    Prudent use of antibiotics in animal production

    June 8, 2016 by Ron Doering

    While the medical community recognizes that the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans is a potential disaster for humanity, and that it is the overuse of antimicrobials in human medicine that is the largest contributor, there is

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  • Opinion

    Label raw milk cheese

    May 9, 2016 by Ron Doering

    The science keeps piling up. It is not safe to consume raw milk and its products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced studies that show again that pathogens from raw milk including tuberculosis, diphtheria, typhoid, Salmonella, Listeria,

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  • Opinion

    Think we need to separate science and politics? Think again

    February 10, 2016 by Ron Doering

    Here’s a little true story I’ve used with my students to show that non-science considerations are always necessary and appropriate in science-based regulation. It illustrates how shallow and misleading is the current discussion about the need for greater separation between

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  • Opinion

    Get out of jail free

    October 16, 2015 by Ron Doering

    The due diligence defence

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