Food Irradiation Public Consultations
Proposed regulatory amendments were published in the Canada Gazette–Part I to expand the list of foods allowed to be irradiated under the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations. The proposals would allow for the irradiation of fresh and frozen poultry, fresh and frozen ground beef, fresh and frozen shrimp and prawns, and mangoes. The Gazette publication process is consultative. Given the nature of the proposals and the types of products involved, Health Canada recognized that many Canadians would be interested in this process and that some may have concerns. For these reasons, Health Canada allotted a 90-day period to solicit formal written submissions and undertook a set of cross-Canada public information sessions.
Public information sessions were held in eight cities across the country: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Guelph, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. All sessions followed a similar outline including formal presentations by panellists, pre-registered interventions by members of the public, and a question and answer (Q&A) period open to the floor. Phoenix team members designed and facilitated these sessions. A report that summarized the feedback received during the sessions was also provided to the client.