Canada's New Food Safety Regulations

Canada's New Food Safety Regulations

Another requirement under SFCR is that food businesses must have preventive controls in place that clearly identify steps that address potential food safety risks, and controls that can trace food products anywhere along the food supply chain. "This is why Canadians need credible healthy-eating information to guide their food choices", Hutchinson said.

The Trudeau government could be telling Canadians to go vegan with the new Canada's Food Guide.

While these new guidelines for better health clearly seem to focus on eating a variety of unprocessed food and a whole lot of greens, the shift from meat and dairy has not really gone down well with dairy lobbies.

What about milk? Instead of giving a separate section to dairy products, the latest guide focuses on moving towards a plant-based direction.

Health Canada also emphasizes the regular intake of water to help reduce the amount of sugars people consume and help protect teeth from frequent exposure to sugar.

"I don't think we can all live on fresh food", he said, pointing to the increase in cost for fruit and vegetables during the winter. The guide champions plant-based proteins over animal-based proteins - once the star of the "meat and alternatives" food group. Canada's new food guide also stresses that water should be everyone's drink of choice, encouraging people to stay away from sugar-filled soft drinks and juices.

Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada, says the food guide will encourage vegetable and grain producers that struggle to compete with large, multinational, monoculture farms.

"Certainly in the picture of the composite plate you've got, ah, yogurt - that's right there in the protein group", said Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, director general of Health Canada's office of nutrition policy and promotion.

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The oversight, he said, may have been avoided if Health Canada hadn't excluded industry research from its consultation process - a move meant to avoid conflict of interest.

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture said while "it is unfortunate that the revised Food Guide does not specifically promote Canadian agri-food", at least the food it recommends "are all agri-food products that Canadian farmers grow and produce daily". A report directed at health professionals and policy-makers will be released later this year, which will include more details on amounts and types of foods for hospitals, schools and seniors' facilities to us to create menus or diets in clinical or institutional settings. "If we had one, in the future, it would be easier to address all alcohol-related issues at the same time, including the necessity for Canadians to be well-informed", she says from Sherbrooke, Que.

The new guide says we should eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and choose plant-based proteins, such as legumes, nuts and tofu, more often.

Dairy was largely left out of Canada's new Food Guide.

"For too many years, Canada's Food Guide has compromised our health, environment and animals by emphasizing meat, dairy and eggs as being foundational in our diets".

"I have a concern with that because not all protein foods have the same nutritional profiles".

"We have a federal agency that doesn't necessarily endorse the nutritional role of dairy products as much as they used to", Sylvain Charlebois, professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University said.

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