New Canadian Food Safety Law Boosts Fines, Import Oversight

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 4:39 PM EST) -- The Canadian government approved an overhaul to the country's food safety regime on Thursday that will give it more control over imports and increase the maximum fine for companies' safety violations by twentyfold.

The House of Commons unanimously passed Bill S-11, the Safe Food for Canadians Act, on Tuesday, and Governor General David Johnston approved the measure two days later through royal assent. The Canadian Senate passed the bill in October.

The law, proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June, will allow the agricultural...
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