Prof to Appear Before Senate Committee

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A University of Guelph professor has been asked to share his knowledge with the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.

Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, Marketing and Consumer Studies, will will speak on Canada’s future in food and agriculture Thursday at 8 a.m. This is the fifth time he has testified before the committee.

He plans to discuss market access,specifically, food safety, traceability and risk intelligence. He will talk about how and why many nations still use food safety as a false pretense to impose non-tariff barriers, and managing fears.

Charlebois has led studies comparing Canada’s performance on food safety with other countries, most recently in partnership with U of G’s Food Institute and the Conference Board of Canada. An expert in food distribution and safety, he belongs to the national expert advisory committee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Charlebois is currently spending a year in Europe as a visiting professor in food policy and supply chain engineering at the University of Innsbruck.