In June, Bill S-11 was introduced to modernize the regulatory system for food commodities. It contemplates a new food legislation (Safe Food for Canadians Act (“SFCA”)), as well as consolidating certain legislation with the SFCA (such as the Canada Agricultural Products Act) and making changes to a number of legislation (such as the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and the Customs Act ).

Among other things, the SFCA prohibits a person from packaging, labelling or advertising a food commodity in a false, misleading or deceptive manner regarding its character, quality, value, quantity, composition, merit, safety or origin or the method of its manufacture or preparation. A violation of this prohibition could result in a fine of up to $5 million in addition to imprisonment.

A copy of Bill S-11 is available here.