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Canada Developing First-ever Grocery Code of Conduct

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The following piece is from our sister publication, the Alberta Seed Guide.

Canada is developing it’s first-ever Grocery Code of Conduct which will enhance transparency in the food industry, a Jan. 13 statement said.

“By enhancing transparency, predictability and fair dealing, the code will help make Canada’s food supply chain more resilient. With businesses working together, the code of conduct can be even more effective, which ultimately, will not only benefit the industry, but consumers as well,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food and André Lamontagne, Quebec minister of agriculture, fisheries and food, said in the statement.

The statement commended the agri-food industry on the substantial progress made in development of the code of conduct, noting that they are moving towards implementing it. Consultations are happening with the food production industry encouraged to weigh in.

“We do recognize that a Grocery Code of Conduct will not address all pressures facing the food supply chain. Issues at stake are very complex and need to consider a variety of conditions and perspectives,” Bibeau and Lamontagne said.

The statement noted that the government encourages widespread voluntary adoption of the code of conduct, so it can be swiftly implemented and help improve the strength and resilience of Canada’s food supply chain, while also building consumers’ trust.

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