Scarborough, Ont. – Coinciding with World Health Day (April 7) and its food safety theme, the federal government is making a $30.7-million investment over the next five years in Canada’s own food safety.
The new Food Safety Information Network (FSIN) will help connect federal and provincial food safety laboratories and regulators across the country.
The aim is to improve Canada’s ability to anticipate and detect routine foodborne threats. The FSIN will standardize food safety testing and leverage existing laboratory capacity.
In a statement, the government says 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.
The federal government developed the FSIN as a collaborative initiative with the provinces and territories.
Federal partners include the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
FSIN will be implemented incrementally over five years, linking federal and provincial food safety establishments and accredited laboratories across the country.
How will Canadian consumers benefit?
FSIN will offer:
• 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); and
• Improved guidance on reducing food safety risks.
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