Safety is the foundation of the food, beverage and consumer goods industry. The industry invests significant resources to earn and maintain consumers’ confidence and safeguard its reputation for providing safe products to consumers.
Canada has among the most stringent safety regulations in the world. Manufacturers maintain the absolute highest standards of safety. They work closely with government and stakeholders to ensure that ingredients and products, regardless of where they originate, meet these safety requirements. And our members are committed to the progress of science and exploring process enhancements which further promote the safety of goods sold in Canada.
Our efforts to ensure safe products:
- In addition to the hundreds of federal and provincial pieces of legislation governing the food and consumer product system, Canadian manufacturers also have strict in-house quality assurance protocols.
- Safety systems in place include CanTrace, Canadian Environment Protect Act review, Ingredient Awareness, HACCP, and Good Manufacturing Practices Guidelines which enable manufacturers to help ensure the safety of the food supply.
- FCPC collaborated with industry associations and GS1 Canada on the development of a Product Recall Portal to provide a standardized, industry-driven communication tool enabling manufacturers to share real-time product recall notifications with retail partners in a secure and direct manner. This groundbreaking portal launched in November 2009.
- FCPC co-chairs the Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition, (established in December 2000) to facilitate the development and implementation of a national, coordinated approach to food safety. This is a critical process to ensure our industry’s credibility in domestic and international markets.
The industry supports the government’s substance review process as part of the Chemical Management Plan and is integral to providing information about substances used in food and consumer goods.