Executives from Maple Leaf Foods and various food industry associations testified as part of the committee’s study of the Safe Food for Canadians Act. Bill S-11 will consolidate inspection and enforcement provisions, and will also implement tougher fines for food safety breaches. The government hopes to reduce the risk of food contamination outbreaks with the proposed changes. A deadly outbreak of listeriosis in 2008 at Maple Leaf Foods caused 23 deaths.
James M. Laws from the Canadian Meat Council, Robin Horel of the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, Rory McAlpine with Maple Leaf Foods, and Gordon Harrison from the Canadian National Millers Association expressed their support of the measures to streamline and modernize food-safety regulations.
UPDATE: Bill S-11 received royal assent on November 22.