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Canada’s Oversight Of Food Safety System Is Deemed Lax

April 13, 2011: 11:27 AM EST
An editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal warns that Canada’s government sectors and private industry are not doing enough to protect consumers from foodborne illnesses. Regulation and oversight of food safety are lax and need to be strengthened. Key problems include inadequate surveillance systems, poor food traceability from “farm to fork,” and a lack of incentives to keep food safe throughout the food chain. "Private and public oversight of food safety should be reformed to ensure sufficiently uniform practices across the country,” the authors write. Though food can never be made completely sterile and risk free, there are measures that can be taken to prevent unnecessary deaths from food contamination.
Ken Flegel MDCM MSc, et al., "Food in Canada: Eat at your own risk", Canadian Medical Association Journal, April 13, 2011, © Canadian Medical Association
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