Be a smart shopper with help from the CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency website has a whole lot of useful information.

Below you will find an article by CFIA about shopping for Canadian food. As a consumer, you may want to know when you’re buying food that has been grown in Canada or made in Canada. That’s why the food labels “Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada” are so important.

The Government of Canada brought in new food labelling guidelines on December 31, 2008, that clearly tell you what foods have been grown or raised by Canadian farmers and what foods were prepared here by Canadian workers.

What do the words “Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada” tell you about the food you buy for your family? A “Product of Canada” label means that all, or nearly all, of the food, processing and labour used to make the food is Canadian. These foods were: grown or raised by Canadian farmers, and prepared and packaged by Canadian food companies. A food can still be labelled “Product of Canada” if it contains small amounts of imported food, such as spices, food additives, vitamins, and flavorings.

The words “Made in Canada from domestic and imported ingredients” on a food label mean that: a Canadian company was involved in some of the preparation of the food, and it contains some food grown by Canadian farmers, and some food that’s been imported.

The words “Made in Canada from imported ingredients” on a food label means that: a Canadian company was involved in some of the preparation of the food; and the contents of the food were imported. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada’s people, environment and economy.

Check the CFIA website at inspection.canada.ca CFIA is also the place where you can sign up for food recall warnings and allergy alerts. All food recalls issued as of November 1, 2021 are available exclusively on the new recalls and safety alerts website at recalls-rappels.canada.ca/

If you have a certain food allergy or concern you can sign up to receive emails about recalls for that food allergen. The website is quite robust and it’s worth checking it out. Sign up for roast beef being served at the July 28th curbside luncheon pick up. Pick up location is Milford Town Hall. Call 613-476-7493 to pay the $18.00/person and get your name on the list. See you there!

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes