By: Allison Finnamore
Published: FFC Express, May 17, 2013

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has implemented an interim local food policy.

In a news release, the CFIA states that the temporary policy is in place while it reviews and modernizes its current food labelling rules.

In the meantime, CFIA has defined the term local as “food produced in the province or territory in which it is sold, or food sold across provincial borders within 50 kilometres of the originating province or territory.”

The food labelling review will include input from stakeholders, industry and consumers and include reviews of food labelling regulations, guidelines and policies.

CFIA states the interim policy came into effect immediately and will remain in place until the review is complete.

Under the previous policy, the CFIA interpreted the terms local, locally grown, or any similar term to mean that the food originated within a 50 kilometre radius of the place where it was sold, or the food sold originated within the same local government unit (such as a municipality) or adjacent government unit.

CFIA states that it’s important to note that claims such as “local” are voluntary and industry is encouraged to add qualifiers like the name of a community to provide consumers with additional information.

Full information is available here.

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