Food In Canada


Canadians confident in food safety system

A survey finds that Canadians feel confident about food safety in Canada, but are doubtful of foreign systems

Ottawa – Canadian consumers feel confident in our farmers and government when it comes to food safety.

But they’re not so confident about foreign governments and farmers and their standards of food safety, reports the Vancouver Sun.

The results come from a Leger Marketing survey that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) commissioned this past spring.

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The survey found that:

• 68 per cent of Canadians gave Canada’s food safety system a favourable confidence rating. That’s up from 65 per cent in 2010 and 60 per cent in 2008.

• overall, confidence is highest in Canadian farmers with four in five Canadians (80 per cent) providing a five, six or seven level of confidence on a seven-point scale, where seven means completely confident, and four means moderately confident.

• 73 per cent of consumers scored five or higher when asked about the confidence in the federal government, compared to 59 per cent for the food production industry itself.

The CFIA says that food safety continues to be a top priority and in the 2011 budget has committed $100 million over five years to invest in inspector training, tools and technology, and science capacity.

To read more about food safety in Canada, click here for the government’s last Progress on Food Safety report (as of June 2011).