Positive USDA audit will not have ‘any impact on trade’ says Canada

On 1 March, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a notice confirming there was no threat to cross-border trade in meat, poultry or eggs with the US.

This move was taken after the details of an audit of Canada’s food inspection systems carried out by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in May and June 2014 was released. A draft copy was shared with the CFIA in May 2015 and Canada’s inspection programme was found to offer protection ‘equivalent to the US inspection systems.’

The audit report was only made public on 12 January 2016, however. Shortly after, several news organisations – including Food Safety News – published stories implying exports of the foodstuffs could be stopped if Canada did not implement a series of USDA recommendations.

This prompted the CFIA rebuttal that trade between the two neighbours would continue as before, and that it had never been under threat.

The CFIA adds: ‘Canadians can be assured that we have a strong and robust food safety inspection system.’

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