Canada now has a new President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Effective August 12, 2013, the appointment of Dr. Bruce Archibald as President of the CFIA marks a change of control likely designed to shepherd the CFIA further along the implementation path for the Safe Food for Canadian Act and the ongoing modernization initiatives associated with Canadian food laws.
The CFIA is the entity responsible for the administration and enforcement of key food safety legislation in Canada including the Food and Drugs Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (as they relate to food) as well as the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act, Canada Agricultural Products Act, Feeds Act, Fertilizers Act, Fish Inspection Act, Health of Animals Act, Meat Inspection Act, Plant Breeders' Rights Act, Plant Protection Act, Seeds Act and, once in force, the Safe Food for Canadians Act.
Dr. Archibald holds a doctorate degree in environmental toxicology as well as a Master of Science in physiology/biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture – all from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. The extent and depth of Dr. Archibald's credentials in the areas of agriculture and science industries suggest a refreshed focus on the interaction between science and agriculture.