The B.c. cabinet has approved a new $100 million program to combat the spread of food poisoning, following months of public criticism.
The B.com.au report says the province is now working with health authorities in several provinces to improve the quality of dog food and boost access to it.
“The province has committed to spend $100m over four years to address the issue of dog and cat food safety and traceability,” a spokeswoman for Health Minister Brenda Agnew told the B.
Agnew added that she expects to announce more details of the plan at the provincial level later this month.
The government has also announced a pilot program in Victoria to help schools and other community institutions increase the availability of dog-friendly food.
The province says that with this program, schools and community centres will be able to make recommendations to health authorities about how to best implement policies and programs to increase the quality and availability of food.
“We are working with the Victoria School Districts and the Victoria Community Food Co-operative to increase food availability at schools and assist those with food allergies and other dietary issues,” Agnew said in an email to the BizWear blog.
A spokeswoman for the Victoria Health Department told the BC Press that the program is expected to cost between $2 million and $4 million.
“Our priority is the quality, safety and nutrition of food and we have an active program in place that helps to identify and respond to food-related problems,” she said.
“With a focus on food-safe, accessible, affordable, and accessible to all Victoria residents, the Victoria school district will be responsible for the implementation of this pilot program and will provide financial support for the program’s implementation.”
Victoria is the only province to have a pilot dog-safe program in existence.
Other jurisdictions in British Columbia include Victoria, B.A., B.N., British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Yukon.