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Can-Trace, the national tracking and tracing solution for food safety in Canada begins ‘Roadmap’ consultation sessions

Toronto, ON, January 13, 2004 - Can-Trace, a national whole-chain tracking and tracing initiative will begin Canada-wide consultation sessions of its 'roadmap' document for food traceability in Canada on January 19, 2004. Can-Trace is an industry-led initiative that fosters open dialogue within the supply chain ensuring that the necessary framework for Canadian traceability is designed for implementation.

Can-Trace was initially launched on September 20, 2003, with the assistance of the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors (CCGD), the Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada (FCPMC), the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG), and the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC). The objective is to identify the minimum requirements from all industry sectors for a whole-chain Canadian food industry traceability (tracking & tracing) program.

To date the following associations compile the Can-Trace Initiative Steering Committee: Canadian On-Farm Food Safety Working Group, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, Council of Food Processing and Consumer Products, Saskatchewan Herb and Spice Association, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, Electronic Commerce Council of Canada, Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Fisheries Council of Canada, Ministère de l'Agriculture, Pêcheries, et Alimentation du Québec, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Maple Leaf Pork - Canadian Meat Council, Baking Association of Canada, Fond québecois d'adaptation des entreprises agroalimentaires, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council.

"Currently we have more than 150 industry associations represented. However, it is essential that we acquire input from all sectors that have tracking and tracing requirements and will be affected by the Can-Trace initiative, said Art Smith, President and CEO, the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada. " ECCC's goal during the consultation sessions is to identify all questions and concerns and to ensure that we address these as we move forward."

The sessions that begin on January 19, 2004 will travel to the following locations:

Monday, January 19, 2004
Delta Airport Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Fairmont Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Delta Calgary Airport
Calgary, Alberta
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Toronto Congress Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Monday, January 26, 2004
Delta Centre-Ville Montreal
Montreal, Quebec
Thursday, January 29, 2004
Delta Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Those wishing to attend the Can-Trace 'Roadmap' consultation sessions should register online at www.eccc.org/traceability.


For more information, contact:

Kelly Swinney
Electronic Commerce Council of Canada
Ph: 416.510.8039 ext 2364
Cell: 416 435 5777
Toll: 1.800.567.7084

About ECCC
The Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC) is the not-for-profit industry led organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods and locations and related e-commerce communication such as bar code issuance and maintenance. As an EAN International Member Organization, ECCC represents Canada in the continuing development of the global language of business.

ECCC recognizes and appreciates the funding from the Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program (CFSQP). The program works to increase long term growth, employment and competitiveness within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as part of their commitment to provide information, research and technology, and policies and programs to ensure security of the food system, health of the environment and to promote innovation for growth.