TELL CFIA TO MAKE REAL CHANGES TO SEAFOOD LABELLING STANDARDS
Seafood fraud hurts our health, our wallets and our oceans.
Right now, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reviewing its labelling regulations, including for seafood. Regulations have been drafted, but they fall far short of modern labelling best practices and don’t meet the standards of Canada’s largest trading partners.
Canadian labels require almost no information about the seafood we’re eating. Even the country of origin shown on our labels only has to reflect the last place seafood was processed, not the area the fish was caught. This means a fish caught off the coast of Canada could be labelled “product of China” if it was first sent there for processing.
Weak labelling regulations also contributes to seafood fraud. In 2017 and 2018, Oceana Canada tested nearly 400 seafood samples in five cities across Canada and found alarming rates of seafood fraud – 44 per cent of samples were mislabelled.
It’s not too late to fix this. The public comment period to demand better seafood labelling ends very soon. Tell the federal government that it must modernize seafood labelling standards in Canada and help stop seafood fraud.