Canada is developing its first-ever Grocery Code of Conduct.
Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food say the agri-food industry has been making substantial progress.
They strongly encourage all agri-food organizations to participate in the upcoming consultations.
The Code will enhancing transparency, predictability and fair dealings and make Canada’s food supply chain more resilient.
With businesses working together, they say, the Code of Conduct can be even more effective, which will not only benefit the industry, but consumers as well.
Bibeau and Lamontagne note 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.
Overall the two are supportive of the current process and highly encourage 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.