CPMA provides a forum for both industry members and government to dialogue on a wide range of issues and initiatives which may affect the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables, including trade facilitation and standardization. Our objective is to provide seamless and irritant-free commerce for the movement of produce and to ensure, to the greatest degree possible, international standardization or acceptance of equivalency.
Governments are very focused in ensuring that systems are in place to address food safety, security, plant quarantine, and commercial reporting requirements. This is leading to stricter enforcement of pre-existing laws, and new laws which are proposed to address needs to ensure public good, or protection of the plant producing base. For the produce industry, with global trade being so advanced, and with the diversity of products and countries, this is a huge challenge. The ability to become intrinsically involved in the development, consideration and amending of government regulation, legislation and policies is necessary for industry to be proactive and bring solutions to the government. Recognizing that this means governments elsewhere, the CPMA North American Trade Task Force provides a focal point for building collaborative actions to address common issues. The Task Force has a growing cross sector membership from Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Your Government and Trade Relations contact is:
Ron Lemaire, President (+1) 613-226-4187 x209
Your labelling contact is:
Sally Blackman, Manager, Food Safety & Nutrition (+1) 613-226-4187 x215