Urgent Action Alert: Comments on proposed food safety regulations
- Fresh fruit and vegetable production should be exempt from the Safe Food for Canadians Act regulations.
- In the event fresh fruit and vegetable production is not exempted, a scale-appropriate accommodation that mirrors the USA’s be adopted and applied to producers with up to $500,000 average annual sales who sell direct to consumers or retailers within 275 miles (445 kilometres) regardless of provincial boundaries.
- The Organic Products Regulations should be left under the Ministry of Agriculture, with the Canada Agricultural Products Act or a new stand-alone organic law as the enabling legislation.
- In the event the Organic Products Regulations is placed under Safe Food for Canadians Act, the section “Certification of Various Activities in Respect of Organic Products” should be removed from the regulation.
- In the event the Organic Products Regulations is placed under Safe Food for Canadians Act, section 342(3) “Period of validity” should be removed from the regulation.
- The CFIA should extend the comment period on this regulation to allow Canadians more time to provide input, considering its breadth and potential impact on our food system.
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