The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been given an honourable mention from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business' Golden Scissors awards for its new service Ask CFIA.
The annual awards are for cutting red tape.
Ask CFIA provides industry with one point of entry to ask questions to help them understand and comply with current regulatory requirements.
This service that was rolled out last June improves client service to businesses, in particular small businesses, not only by streamlining where they go to ask technical questions but also by providing them with timely and consistent written answers to questions.
Ask CFIA will continue to be phased in over the coming years for all CFIA regulated parties across food, animal and plant sectors, including the non-registered food sector once the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations come into force.
Ask CFIA began for the dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish and seafood sectors and this January 9 was expanded to processed products, maple products, honey, and egg and egg products.
The Golden Scissors award is given to an individual or group that has successfully motivated or demonstrated leadership and courage, and produced meaningful and positive results in cutting red tape for small business.