Are you aware that each year roughly one in eight Canadians (or 4 million Canadians) get sick to due to the food they consume? In the U.S. the statistics are little worse, with one in six Americans becoming sick each year.
The statistics on a global scale are even more alarming, where
the World Health Organization claims that there have been 2 million deaths and
2 billion sicknesses annually (food poisoning).
In the past 15 years, consumers in North America have been hearing about recalls for common foods:
E.coli in Jack in the Box
Salmonella in peanut butter
Hepatitis in green beans
Melamine in pet food
Bacteria causing illness in beef
Governments in both Canada and the United States have had no choice but to respond in order to protect consumers. In 2007, Prime Minister Harper initiated the “Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan”. On January 4th, 2011, President Obama signed into law the FSMA legislation. Less than two years later Safe Foods for Canadians Act was passed in November 2012.
Possibly as early as 2016, regulations will be passed to significantly reduce all these health risks posed by food manufacturers in Canada's grocery supply chain. This new focus on food safety will prevent food organizations without proper safety systems from importing, exporting or manufacturing food. These regulations are long overdue. Help is coming.