The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are working on a joint food safety system to ensure comparable outcomes and reduce duplication
Ottawa – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say they will have established the Canada – FDA Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement by this fall.
The three organizations have been sharing and assessing each other’s food safety systems for most products – not including meat, poultry and eggs.
The aim is to help both countries make informed risk-based regulatory decisions.
And as both countries implement their modernized food safety rules and regulations, they will ensure that their systems deliver comparable public health outcomes and reduce unnecessary duplication wherever possible.
Both the FDA and CFIA say they will publish their assessment report and develop respective implementation guides for the arrangement by this fall or the end of the year.
The guide may include a review and adjustment of admissibility IT systems and risk-based inspection frequencies, operations manuals and procedures, guidance/training for staff, and update website information on systems recognition to keep stakeholders informed on the initiative.