The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) shares the responsibility for ensuring the safety of Canada's food supply with federal and municipal governments and industry.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulates dairy products processed in federally inspected establishments or being imported into Canada to verify they are safe, properly labelled and eligible for inter-provincial or international trade.
Health Canada is responsible for establishing policies, setting standards and providing advice and information on the safety and nutritional value of Canada's food supply.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is Ontario's publicly funded health system to help people stay healthy, deliver good care when people need it and protect the health system for future generations. The local municipal public health units are responsible for the administration of Regulation 562 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
The Canadian Dairy Commission coordinates federal and provincial dairy policies related to cow milk production and pricing.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada was established in 1934 by producers as the voice of Canadian bovine dairy producers.
The Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is the marketing group for the province's cow dairy sector. Since 1998, DFO has been authorized (under an agreement with OMAFRA) to administer Regulation 761 under the Milk Act for cow milk producers, pertaining to farm premises, raw milk quality testing, tank-truck inspections, Bulk Tank Milk Grader (BTMG) certification and monitoring and milk transportation to licensed dairy processors.
The Ontario Dairy Council is a voluntary industry association that represents the interests and concerns of the province's dairy processors.
Ontario Goat is a producer organization representing Ontario's milk, meat and fibre sectors.
The National Dairy Code is a technical reference document that provides guidance to provincial and federal governments and industry on minimum standards for milk production, transportation and processing.
The Dairy Establishment Inspection Manual (DEIM) is a set of industry-accepted guidelines developed and maintained by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with input from industry and the provinces. The DEIM supports federal legislation and regulations under the Canada Agricultural Products Act and the Food and Drugs Act. CFIA and OMAFRA rely on the DEIM to conduct dairy plant inspections.
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