Update on Domestic Low-Level Presence Policy Development

The objective of a Policy on the Management of Low-Level Presence of Genetically Modified Crops in Imported Grain, Food and Feed and its Associated Implementation Framework for Grain (hereafter the Policy and Implementation Framework) is to provide transparency and predictability, and minimize disruptions to trade while protecting the health and safety of people, animals and the environment. It is also intended to facilitate an efficient risk-based approach to manage an expected increase in occurrences of low-level presence (LLP) in international trade, while promoting compliance with Canadian regulatory requirements.

From November 6, 2012 to January 19, 2013, the Government of Canada sought input from the Canadian public and stakeholders on a draft Policy and Implementation Framework. An overview report of the 2012-2013 consultations, prepared by Redfern Research, is available upon request by sending an email to LLP-PFC@agr.gc.ca.

The input received during the consultation process has supported the development of a revised draft Policy and Implementation Framework. Changes made include the addition of important technical details to help clarify various aspects of the Policy and Implementation Framework and to ensure consistency with Canada’s legislative framework with respect to compliance promotion and enforcement actions.

You can consult the revised draft Policy and Implementation Framework.

Frequently Asked Questions, additional background information on low level presence as well as the initial draft Policy and Implementation Framework that was consulted on in 2012-2013 are also available.

Next steps

Canada will continue to engage with stakeholders and international partners on the revised draft Policy and Implementation Framework.

Inquiries

Comments pertaining to the revised draft Policy and Implementation Framework may be sent by email to: LLP-PFC@agr.gc.ca.

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