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CFIA: Food Labelling Questionnaire
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking feedback on proposed options to modernize the food labelling system. An online questionnaire is now available and will remain open until June 30, 2015.
This questionnaire is part of the second phase of consultations for the CFIA's Food Labelling Modernization initiative and presents specific options for comment in the four key areas of focus:
• roles, responsibilities and partnerships
• policy and program development
• service delivery
For example, options for revising the format of best before dates, reviewing food class names (i.e., "vegetable oil" or "flavour"), and changing the required contact information for food manufacturers. A summary report of the first consultation phase is available on the CFIA website.
For any questions, please contact CFIA-Modernisation-ACIA@inspection.gc.ca.
Thank you for your interest in this initiative.
Food Labelling Modernization
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New Health Canada campaign adds clarity to food labels
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A recent spate of food product recalls due to undeclared allergenic agents illustrates the problem the food industry has in preventing allergen exposures. While food manufacturers usually have allergen controls in place, protecting those in the population with food allergies can be particularly challenging. Undeclared allergens are considered a significant chemical hazard in food and thus a critical control in many processes, yet most product recalls are due to undeclared allergens.
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Salmonella cases in Western Canada under investigation
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Globe and Mail
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Drought takes $2.7 billion toll on California ag
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Nestlé withdraws Maggi noodles in India after food scare
The Globe and Mail
Food group Nestle has withdrawn Maggi instant noodles from sale in India citing "an environment of confusion for consumers", after a food scare triggered by a domestic regulator's report that some packs of the popular snack contained excess lead.
EFSA stands by acrylamide cancer concerns
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Subway is dropping artificial ingredients
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