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|Response to Parliamentary Committees|
Third Report of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food
The Government Response to the Third Report of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food – Subcommittee on Food Safety Beyond The Listeriosis Crisis: Strengthening The Food Safety System was tabled in Parliament on September 14, 2009. The Government Response, which coincided with the announcement of the Government’s Action Plan in Response to the Report of the Independent Investigator into the 2008 Listeriosis Outbreak, focussed on addressing immediate food safety risks; enhanced surveillance and early detection; and improving government response to food-borne illness emergencies.
On March 31, 2010, the Government of Canada posted on its Food Safety Web Portal a progress report titled Government of Canada - Progress on Food Safety. This report provides details of the progress made by Health Canada (HC), PHAC and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on reducing food safety risks; enhancing surveillance and early detection; and improving emergency response. PHAC’s reported progress focussed on the two latter areas.
The Standing Committee on Public Accounts
In their May 2009 Report, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts following the Auditor General’s May 2008 Office of the Auditor General Report on the Surveillance of Infectious Diseases recommended that:
In September 2009, the Minister of Health tabled the Government Response to the May 2009 PAC Report on the Implementation of the Auditor General (AG) Recommendations on the Surveillance of Infectious Diseases. As part of the Government Response to the PAC, PHAC provided a status report on progress in implementing the AG recommendations, and committed to providing annual status reports until the AG recommendations are fully implemented.
In addition, in April 2010, PHAC, through the Minister of Health, provided the PAC with an annual status report on the progress in implementing the AG recommendations. The report, also presented to the OAG in April 2010, is summarized in the next section below.
|Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)|
A Summary of Chapter 5, of the May 2008 OAG Report on the Surveillance of Infectious Diseases is presented above, along with its five recommendations.
PHAC has made continued progress in implementing the AG recommendations.
An annual status report was presented to the AG in April 2010. To date, 8 of the 12 recommendations are either fully or substantially implemented. For the remaining four recommendations, plans and timelines are in place to achieve full implementation. The following examples highlight a number of significant developments that took place in 2009-10:
PHAC is committed to the ongoing implementation of the AG recommendations. The development of a comprehensive public health surveillance system, including the surveillance of infectious disease, is considered a high priority. PHAC will continue to build such a system in collaboration with our partners in a way that promotes and protects the health of Canadians.
|External Audits (Note: These refer to other external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)|
No external audits were issued during 2009-10.