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Information regarding certain labelling and packaging requirements for pre-packaged meat products during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is providing temporary flexibility for non-food safety labelling and packaging requirements for pre-packaged meat products during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Pre-packaged meat products remain safe and all food safety requirements, including information regarding allergens, must be met.

This temporary notice supports industry efforts in providing a continued supply of food for consumers without compromising food safety.

The CFIA will exercise enforcement discretion to provide labelling and packaging flexibility when certain conditions are met.  Companies must clearly document the reason(s) for using the flexibility.

The notice is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 90 days.

Please read the notice to industry for more information.

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COVID-19 is a global challenge. Keeping our supply chains moving is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of citizens and businesses. While the Canada - U.S. border is now closed to non-essential traffic, it is still open for trade and commerce. We are committed to doing our part for global supply chains.

We are protecting the health and safety of our employees. They are working from home, except for critical functions that require certain equipment or managing paper/courier flow. In those cases we are following social distancing guidelines.

We are open and available to assist you, and key players in your supply chains. Our dedicated staff are available 24/7 and our brokerage and logistics experts are available to help you make adjustments to your supply chain, if necessary.

We encourage you to check out the government programs available to families, businesses, exporters and importers. And, while respecting the need for social distancing we encourage everyone, including our staff, to reach out and remain connected to family, friends, colleagues and customers.

Stay safe.

Peter Willson
Chairman & CEO
Willson International

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