By Jennefer Griffith
In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in the United States. In 2012, the Safe Food for Canadians Act became law in Canada. Both countries have demonstrated their commitment to making food as safe as possible by modernizing legislation and supporting a robust industry to support a food safety culture.
Updated food safety legislation protects consumers through prevention and streamlines regulations and administration for improved ease of compliance by businesses. Both Canadian and U.S. governments also understand that as top food safety performing countries, they are enhancing international market and trade opportunities.
Ask any food and beverage manufacturer in either Canada or the U.S., and they will likely tell you that food safety is a business pledge that requires continuous training, education and qualified personnel. To develop a strong and resilient food safety culture, food safety behaviours, protocols and compliance must be deeply embedded in every aspect of a business, with leadership by management and engagement by all employees.