New panel to address meat processing challenges in Ontario

Ontario has launched a Meat Industry Engagement Panel — a collaboration with the Ontario government along with Meat & Poultry Ontario. The aim of the new panel is to continue to increase food safety in the province while supporting economic growth opportunities for the sector, according to a news release.

“This panel’s industry experts will bring their advice and insight on ways we can continue to increase food safety in Ontario as well as grow the sector,” says Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

By meeting up, panel members will collaborate on ways to address industry challenges, along with share ideas on how to implement action. This panel provides an opportunity to discuss proposed government policies, guidelines and other inspection modernization initiatives which will provide greater transparency in the science-informed, risk-based, decision-making processes, the government says.

“Meat & Poultry Ontario is committed to promoting best practices to ensure safe, nutritious ,and sustainable food for Ontarians,” says Carol Goriup, president of Meat & Poultry Ontario. “The Meat Industry Engagement Panel will enable us to provide insights to government and help improve programs to be science-informed, risk-based and outcome focused.”

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