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Canada and the U.S. sign a food safety system recognition arrangement

May 6, 2016

Officials from Canada and the United States announced that the two countries signed an arrangement recognizing that their respective food safety control systems provide a similar level of protection.

"Canada and the U.S. have confidence in each other's regulatory systems", said Paul Mayers, Vice-President, Policy and Programs at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. "Cooperation between our countries is fundamental to providing and contributing to a safe food supply."

The signing of the arrangement is seen as a major achievement under the Canada - U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). "This collaboration between Canada and the U.S. will result in better aligned food safety regulatory systems and allow us to better protect the health and safety of our citizens", said Anil Arora, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Products and Food Branch at Health Canada.

"Under the U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council, the countries intend to better align their food safety regulatory systems, reduce unnecessary duplication, enhance information sharing, and to the extent possible, leverage resources so that the agencies can better meet their public health objectives," said Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The recognition arrangement offers benefits to Canada and the U.S. by enabling the importing country to take into consideration the oversight of the exporting country when prioritizing its inspection activities.

Furthermore, importers will have greater confidence that a product meets the country's requirements. Imports into Canada must continue to meet Canadian requirements, and imports into the U.S. must continue to meet all applicable U.S. requirements.

Link: Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement

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