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CVMA Provides Comments on the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

May 10, 2017

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) provided comments on the Regulations Amending the Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII) Statutory authority Vol. 150, No. 49 before the April 21 deadline.

Overall, CVMA is pleased that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is aiming to strengthen Canada’s reputation as a leader in food safety by establishing consistent, prevention-focused requirements for food.

Given the CVMA priorities in the area animal health and welfare and the maintenance of a safe food supply, the Association is pleased to see in the proposed regulations the prominent role played by veterinarians in providing professional oversight for meat hygiene including humane treatment, handling and slaughter of animals and inspection of meat products.

CVMA provided specific suggestions to the humane slaughter of animals in a letter to Mr. Richard Arsenault, Executive Director, Domestic Food Safety Systems and Meat Hygiene Directorate, CFIA. Read the full letter here.

  • Read the CVMA’s Humane Slaughter of Animals position statement here.

The CVMA urges the CFIA to continue to support the important role that veterinarians play in safeguarding animal health and welfare, public health and a safe food supply through implementation of effective policies and regulations and ongoing training and professional development.