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Canada to Adopt ISO 22000 as National Food Safety Standard Ė Input by May 20, PleaseTuesday, May 18, 2010 > 09:48:50
The Government of Canada has begun a process to adopt ISO 22000 as the National Food Safety Standard (SCC) for Canada. The adoption of ISO 22000 was initiated by and is being led by the Standards Council of Canada through the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is expected to be on the CGSB working group that is to be formed to ratify the adoption. I.E.Canada has been invited to participate.
For more information, please see the backgrounder below.
What We Need from You:
• Would your company be in favour of the adoption of ISO 22000 as the National Food Safety Standard for Canada?
• Is there another food safety standard that you would recommend Canada adopt rather than ISO 22000?
• Should I.E.Canada participate on the ratification-working group?
Please provide your response to Keith Mussar at email@example.com by Thursday May 20, along with your rationale.
Importer and Manufacturer Compliance
Adoption of ISO 22000 by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as the National Food Safety Standard would not make implementation by companies mandatory; it would be a voluntary standard. However, the Government of Canada could require mandatory compliance to the National Food Safety Standard by referencing the standard in regulation as it did with the Canadian Organic Production Standard or through a policy decision.
Additionally, the CFIA is moving forward with an initiative to require licensing of food importers. It should be anticipated that compliance with a food safety performance standard would likely be a requirement to acquire and maintain the license. The National Food Safety Standard could become part of the licensing requirements.
The SCC has been an active member of the international working group that developed the ISO 22000 Food Safety Standard under the International Standards Organization. The SCC is seeking stakeholder support to ratify the ISO 22000 Standard as the National Food Safety Standard for Canada. Additionally, the SCC intends to establish a stakeholder advisory body to provide input on future revisions of the ISO 22000 Standard, under the Canadian General Standards Board.
I.E.Canada has been invited to participate in both the working group for ratification of ISO 22000 as the National Food Safety Standard, as well as the stakeholder advisory body.