Created on 12/10/2014 4:23:54 PM
December 10, 2014 -- The federal government is taking a strong and positive step forward by passing the Anti-Counterfeit Products Act into law. Counterfeit products pose a very real health and safety risk to Canadians and to law-abiding companies who relentlessly comply with Canada’s world-leading safety rules and regulations.
The risk is real and the government is sending a strong signal to the criminals who jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians that they are cracking down.
Boosting the powers of the RCMP and customs officials to search and seize counterfeit goods will make a difference in the marketplace. As well, the new lines of communications opened between rights holders and border officials, will help companies deal with the risk to their brand.
The passing of the legislation is not case-closed on this issue, and FCPC will continue advocating for additional action on reducing counterfeit products in the marketplace. We’ll continue to press the government to take action on internet sales that carry illegal products and address the growing presence of goods with non-compliant labels.
- Nancy Croitoru, President & CEO, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
- Please click here to read FCPC’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, Study on Bill C-8 An Act to amend the Copyright and the Trade-marks Act.
- According to the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network, from 2005 to 2012, the RCMP has seen an upward trend in the number of documented cases involving counterfeit goods.
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