Posted January 20, 2018 07:07:24When the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) began its inspection program last summer, it did not expect to have to deal with the delivery of food.
“What we’re not expecting is people having to walk into a grocery store and have to pay a delivery fee to have food delivered,” said CFIA spokesperson Christine Ouellette.
The program is based on two principles: the agency does not have the resources to monitor all foodborne illnesses, and the government does not want to make it too difficult for Canadians to shop for food.
In the first year, the CFIA collected about $2.6 million in fines, penalties and court costs related to food-borne illness.
But it still does not track the number of cases of foodborne illness reported.
A food-safety audit by the CFSA in 2018 found that food-services providers are making too many mistakes, including shipping contaminated food and failing to follow the proper handling protocols.
The agency is working with the Canadian Association of Food Inspection Agencies to revise its inspection process.
And it has begun requiring food-service businesses to collect and report foodborne case numbers on a quarterly basis.
The CFIA says it expects to make the changes this year, with the aim of allowing the agency to collect data more quickly and quickly share the information with consumers.
In 2018, the agency received 5,632 food-related cases.
That number is down from 7,000 the previous year.
But CFIA officials say they are seeing fewer cases in the months leading up to Christmas, which could be because of the government’s holiday shopping blitz.
In 2017, food-handling and storage facilities at the Canadian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention received 1,878 food-safe food orders.
That is down slightly from 1,926 the previous season.
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