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CFIA – Canadian Food Inspection Agency


The CFIA is a Canadian federal government agency that is responsible for food safety for companies producing product in Canada, or selling product in Canada. It is roughly analogous to the FDA. CFIA shares responsibility with Measurement Canada for Net Content Control regulations.

MISSION: "In Canada, food safety begins with strong laws. Health Canada establishes standards for the safety and nutritional quality of foods sold in Canada. At the CFIA we enforce those standards rigorously and effectively. Canada’s inspection system is unique because the CFIA works from the ground up: our experts inspect not only foods, but also the seeds, feeds, fertilizers, plants and animals on which a safe food supply depends."



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This page last updated: 08/30/2011