Canada’s food safety system praised for quality assurance, product controls

Posted  by Dan Yates in The Western Producer

As a United Nations organization put a spotlight on global food safety issues, a Saskatchewan-based researcher had high praise for Canada’s system of checks and balances.

The World Health Organization used its annual World Health Day last week to focus on issues of food-borne illnesses and safety risks in global supply chains that ship meat and livestock, fruits and vegetables and bulk commodities around the world.

The UN agency released findings from an upcoming study that found 582 million cases food-borne illnesses in 2010, which resulted in 351,000 deaths. Salmonella, E. coli and norovirus were the most common of the 22 food-borne illnesses reported.

“Canada has one of the top, if not the top, food safety systems in the world. Other countries look to our regulatory system as a model of food safety,” said Stuart Smyth, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s bioresource policy, business and economics department.

Read the full article and watch Stuart's interview at The Western Producer.