Canada lags behind. CFIA — the government agency responsible for the safety of Canada’s food supply — had the opportunity to include full-chain traceability in the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, which will come into force in 2019. Despite Oceana Canada’s recommendations, and CFIA’s own research which found a 15 per cent rate of mislabelling before seafood products even reached the processing stage,26 the final regulations fell short.
To most effectively fight seafood fraud and illegal fishing, Canada must build more transparency into our seafood supply chains. It must tackle seafood fraud proactively by creating authentication and inspection procedures that are robust and transparent. Canada needs a comprehensive system that harmonizes with our major trading partners, protects ocean health and safeguards consumers. To achieve this, CFIA must work with the relevant departments and agencies at both the federal and provincial levels.