July 11, 2019 – Edmonton, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Today, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, along with Randy
Boissonault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, visited MacEwan University
to highlight a $24.4 million investment through the recently launched Food Policy
for Canada to help the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) crack down on food
The funding will help the CFIA tackle the mislabeling and misrepresentation of food
products in order to protect consumers from deception and companies from unfair
competition. This investment includes the revamping of the current food fraud program,
conducting more inspections and collecting more samples to uncover sources of food
fraud, and gathering surveillance data for additional intelligence. The funding
will also support the development of new detection methods and tools to help identify
food fraud, and enhance efforts to bring awareness to partners to improve food authenticity.
By tackling food fraud, the Government of Canada is also protecting domestic producers,
such as honey producers, from unfair competition. On July 9th, the Government released
a report announcing that surveillance and enforcement actions by the CFIA prevented
nearly 12,000 kg of adulterated honey, valued at close to $77,000, from entering
the Canadian market.
The Food Policy for Canada is the product of consultation and collaboration with
Canadians across the country. The Government of Canada heard from more than 45,000
Canadians, including food producers and processors, experts in environment, health
and food security, Indigenous groups, non-government organizations, and community
The vision for the Food Policy for Canada developed through these consultations
is: All people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious
and culturally diverse food. Canada's food system is resilient and innovative, sustains
our environment, and supports our economy.
To realize this vision, the Government of Canada is investing $134 million through
Budget 2019, to support new initiatives in key action areas, including:
- a Local Food Infrastructure Fund designed to support community led project that
improve access to safe, healthy and culturally diverse food;
- a new Canada Brand and Buy Canadian promotional campaigns that will aim to increase
pride and consumer confidence in Canadian food;
- support for community-led projects like greenhouses, community freezers, and skills
training that address food challenges and food insecurity in Northern and isolated
- a challenge fund to support the most innovative food waste reduction ideas in food
processing, grocery retail, and food service;
- taking the first steps to work alongside provinces, territories, and not-for-profit
organizations towards the creation of a National School Food Program; and
- the creation of a Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council to bring together the expertise
and diversity needed beyond government to address the food challenges of today,
as well as challenges in Canada's food system in the future.
The Food Policy for Canada aligns with the objectives of initiatives across the
Federal Government, such as the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the
Heathy Eating Strategy, and the
Poverty Reduction Strategy, among others.
"Everyone at the table!"
"Our Government is committed to addressing food fraud, which is an emerging issue
resulting in consumers and food business not getting what they are paying for. It
can pose a potential health risk to consumers, reputational risks to our world-class
Canadian food industry, as well as unfair competition for our producers. Through
the Food Policy for Canada, we will address those risks and ensure our food system
can prosper and grow." - Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"I am proud to join Minister Bibeau here in Edmonton to announce important investments
that will help Canada tackle the issue of food fraud, and help crack down on mislabeling
and misrepresentation of food products." - Randy Boissonault, Member of Parliament
for Edmonton Centre
- Food fraud can be found in all different types of food but may be most often reported
in olive oil, honey, dry spices, fish, and organic food products.
- In certain cases, food fraud can be a health risk if someone has food allergies
and/or when a hazardous material is added to food, such as melamine in milk. Food
fraud can occur at any step in the food processing continuum (raw product, processing,
- In Canada, it is prohibited to sell a food that is unsafe or falsely labelled. However,
food fraud still happens and is an emerging issue around the world. It is estimated
that fraud may cost the global food industry between $10 and $15 billion per year,
affecting about 10% of all commercially-sold food products.
- In 2017, Canada produced 92 million pounds of honey, worth $188 million, while imports
were worth $41 million.
- The Food Policy for Canada will also help the country meet its commitments under
the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, including to end hunger, promote
good health, cut food waste, and encourage a sustainable food system.