In carrying out its mandate, it provides all federal inspection services related to food safety, economic fraud, trade-related requirements, and animal and plant health programs.
The consolidation of responsibilities into a single agency was designed to enhance food safety systems by integrating the delivery of inspection and quarantine services that had previously been provided by other departments such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Health Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Strong partnerships with other federal government departments, as well as provincial, territorial and municipal authorities are imperative to the Program's success.
Specifically, in the area of food safety, Health Canada and the ) is mandated to safeguard Canada's food supply and the plants and animals upon which safe and high quality food depends.
For legal requirements, you may consult the appropriate set of regulations.
Constitutionally, the Provinces and Territories have prime jurisdiction for foods manufactured and sold within their province/territory.
However, given that the often consults with its provincial and territorial counterparts as part of the design and development of risk management strategies.
The Imported and Manufactured Food Program follows this model to develop risk management options. In this phase the 's Science Committee conducts environmental scans, identifies and prioritizes food safety issues, identifies research needs, and recommends risk management options.
Risk is also identified through other means such as field issues, international referrals, complaints, and intergovernmental initiatives. In the phase, the reviews the effectiveness of the risk management option and re-designs the Program based on the results of Phase 3. This phase includes ongoing monitoring and hibernation of the risk management option.