The traceability rules being developed at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency represent a model of regulation that harnesses the private sector's economic motives to ensure a more agile response to foreign food problems in the future. The critical questions are how quickly is Canada going to have those rules in place, and how will they be enforced?
We held a live discussion on this issue with Ronald Usborne, who is currently a food safety and quality systems specialist with the Guelph Food Technology Centre. He is formerly Chair of the Department of Food Science, University of Guelph and currently he serves on the Academic Advisory Panel to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Recently he completed a food safety evaluation project for CFIA.
Joining Mr. Usborne was Jessica Leeder, the Globe's Global Food Reporter.
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