Food safety: Usa and Canada sign a new partnership
With a shared border that is more than 5,500 miles long, Canada and the United States have a lot in common, including a shared food supply. So it is no surprise that Canadian food safety agencies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have signed a “systems recognition arrangement” to mark an important new food safety partnership. Systems recognition not only allows FDA to better plan its oversight of high risk foods. It also increases its reliance on regulators in other parts of the world that have demonstrated they provide a similar system of food safety protection.
Moreover, it marks a high degree of trust in participating countries’ abilities to both prevent and respond to food-related outbreaks and contamination events.
Systems recognition is intended to facilitate discussions that lead to a continuous improvement process for regulators on both sides of the border. As the respective food safety systems, regulatory frameworks, programs and oversight continue to improve, consumers on both sides of the border will have benefit from this arrangement.
Food Safety News, 5 June 2016 – www.foodsafetynews.com
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