Canada has recently announced a new national approach to food safety inspection. The new program would include all food commodities made in Canada or imported.

Currently Canada has a 8-tier food safety program operated by Canada’s Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The existing programs separately regulate meat, dairy, eggs, processed products, imported and manufactured food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish and seafood.

The new “single system” approach would combine each the different food sectors. According to Canadian officials, it would make the program even stronger and help with budget costs. It would also create a consistent inspection model, which will provide better training and tools to food safety inspectors, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz explained.

The CFIA is currently seeking public feedback (from both consumers and industry stakeholders) until October 31, 2012. The CFIA will finalize plans for the single system inspection program based on the feedback it receives.