The organization and administration of food controls in Canada are reviewed briefly. Because of increasing consumer demands in recent years, more attention is being given to food protection by the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Governmental Agencies and by the voluntary associations. There are relatively few microbiological standards established. A number of unpublished microbiological standards are used as guidelines in enforcement programmes. Current trends are to transfer more responsibility to the food industry to develop their own quality assurance programmes and compliance.

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1Presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 21–24, 1972.