In the last few years it has been happening on a regular basis, but now we can worry less about tainted food.
Tainted food has been coming into our grocery stores.
And the outbreaks have gotten worse.
And in that lies the problem.
Because we get a lot of our vegetables and fruits from the United States and elsewhere it stands to reason that if there is a serious food problem elsewhere we in Canada get it too.
Some of the food contaminations were deadly with hundreds of people dying and thousands being hospitalized.
And given that food is delivered faster these days to market outbreaks happen quicker.
What to do?
Canada decided in light of the new forces in the marketplace the rules and regulations governing food needed to be updated.
And it did.
The new rules are all designed to do a better job of tracking food, exporting and importing food.
And here is a big surprise.
The new Canadian regulations bring them in line with the much stronger U.S. regulations. We can worry less about tainted food.
The new regulations take effect early next year.
And the following new procedures will have to be followed –
It will require suppliers, importers and exporters to keep documents to trace food one step forward and one step back — forward to the immediate customer and backward to the immediate supplier.