Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the Government of Canada has taken yet another step to strengthen Canada’s food safety system by appointing seven highly qualified advisors to the Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB) of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
The MAB includes a diverse range of experts from the food, animal and plant health sectors who will advise the Minister on food safety and other issues related to the CFIA’s mandate. This announcement fulfills another recommendation of the Report of the Independent Investigator into the 2008 Listeriosis Outbreak (the “Weatherill Report”).
The Ministerial Advisory Board will be an active forum; it will meet regularly and report annually.
The CFIA enforces 13 federal acts and is responsible for safeguarding Canada’s food supply, monitoring animal health and protecting plants.
The advisory board expects to have their introductory meeting by the end of this year.
Source: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)