Healthy Eating Made Easy (or at least Easier)?

Want to eat healthy but not sure how?  Health Canada’s got your back!

Health Canada just announced proposed changes to Canadian nutrition labelling. This announcement follows a number of consultations that Health Canada held throughout 2014 with parents, consumers and stakeholders about food labels. Responses from the consultations and recent scientific information and research on the eating habits of Canadians.

The goal of the proposed changes is to make it easier for Canadians to read food labels, compare nutritional values in similar foods, and therefore (hopefully!) make informed, healthy choices for themselves and their families.  In particular, the changes relate to serving size,  sugar content,  the nutrition facts table and the list of ingredients.  Here’s the skinny: Continue reading

Don’t Play Chicken with the CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently imposed a hefty $160,000 fine on Lilydale Inc. for offences under the Health of Animals Regulations and the Meat Inspection Regulations. According to the posting on their prosecutions bulletin, a CFIA investigation determined that Lilydale had “left chickens in transportation crates, outside in cold weather conditions, which resulted in avoidable distress and/or death”, contrary to paragraph 143(1) (d) of the Health of Animals Regulations and subsection 62(1) of the Meat Inspection Regulations.  In response, the CFIA imposed the $160,000 fine. Continue reading

Health Canada’s Modernization Makeover: An Update on the New Food Safety Regulations

As we reported earlier this week, the CFIA has released an Overview of the proposed regulations under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (the “SFCA”).  This is the latest deliverable in Health Canada’s modernization makeover, and sets the stage for ongoing consultation on what will become Canada’s new food safety regime. Continue reading

Progress!!

Health Canada has released an Overview of the Proposed Regulations under the SFCA.  This document is intended to inform stakeholders of the proposed changes and provide initial draft regulatory language of the most transformational elements in advance of the formal regulatory consultation process.

We are reviewing the document and will provide a more fulsome summary of it shortly. Continue reading

Booze + Food = a Winning Combination?

On Tuesday, the Ontario government announced it will go ahead with the LCBO Express pilot project first announced two years ago.

LCBO Express stores (staffed by LCBO employees) will be located within, or adjacent to, large grocery stores and will provide a wide range of products, including Ontario wine, spirits and beer. Continue reading

Increased Transparency – The Future of Ontario Menus?

A new Bill introduced in Ontario could change the face of restaurant menus and menu boards.  If passed, the Making Healthier Choices Act (love that title!) will require food service premises to display the number of calories of every standard food item sold on the premises.

The proposed legislation will apply to “regulated food service premises”, defined as premises that sell meals for immediate consumption, and that belong to a chain with 20 or more Ontario locations.  This includes restaurants, fast-food establishments, convenience stores and grocery stores with 20 or more locations in Ontario. Continue reading

Lessons from the Food Safety Summit: The Importance of Culture, Accountability and Teamwork

Last week, I attended the 10th Annual North American Summit on Food Safety.  It was a two-day conference that brought together government and industry to talk about the latest goings-on in the world of food safety.

In a word, it was great.

The conference started with a presentation from the CFIA on the status of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and the likely future inspection regime it will implement.  Continue reading

Interview with Tina Brillinger – Mastermind Behind the Global Food Safety Resource

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tina Brillinger, President and CEO of Global Food Safety Resource (GFSR), about this incredible food safety resource site and her thoughts on the food industry.

Foodlawyer (FL): Thanks for agreeing to speak with us about your experiences in the food industry, Tina, and particularly about Global Food Safety Resource. Continue reading

Health Canada’s Modernization Makeover

Read all about it here:  Davis LLP Food & Beverage Bulletin.

Enjoy!

 

Quick Hitter: The 2014 Federal Budget Reiterates the Importance of a Strong Food Safety System

Earlier this week, the Canadian federal budget was announced.  In it, the Government reiterates the importance of further strengthening Canada’s food safety system: 

Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide $153.6 million over the next five years to enhance the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s food safety programs that target high-risk foods. Funding will support the hiring of over 200 new inspectors and other staff, the development of programs to minimize food safety risks and an enhanced capacity to prevent unsafe food imports from entering Canada, offering better protection for consumers. Continue reading