Beyond the Plate: Decoding Food Regulations in Canada


Beyond the Plate: Decoding Food Regulations in Canada

Discover the Excellence of Canada’s Food Safety System with Dr. William Yan. 

Canada is recognized as a global leader in food safety by people and trading partners around the world. This success is a result of high performing collaborations across industry businesses and stakeholders, government agencies, and consumers.  

Join us for an insightful webinar with food safety expert Dr. William Yan as he decodes the intricate frameworks and practices of Canada’s remarkable food safety system that ensures safe and nutritional food for domestic and global consumers. 

Webinar Highlights:  

  • Learn about Canada’s food safety construct but discovering the vital contributions by industry businesses, stakeholders, governments and consumers.  
  • Explore the complex regulatory framework that underpins safe food and beverage production across the country. 
  • Investigate Novel Foods and Supplemented Foods Regulations to understand ground-breaking, risk-based approaches and adaptive tools for enhanced food safety.  

If you are involved in Canada’s food and beverage processing industry, play a role in the production of safe food and beverage production, or aspire to — this webinar is for you.  

Join us on September 21st, 1:00pm EST, for this exciting opportunity to gain deep insights from a renowned expert in food safety regulations. This webinar promises an exceptional opportunity to elevate your knowledge and strengthen your role in Canada’s successful food safety system. 

Register and come prepared to ask the Expert!

Dr. William Yan: 

Dr. William Yan obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Microbiology and Ph.D. degree in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the University of Alberta. He completed his post-doctoral training at Tufts University Medical School in Boston, MA before beginning his career in Health Canada’s Food Directorate as a Research Scientist in 1995. Between 1999 and 2009, he was Head of the Office of Biotechnology, Chief of the Evaluation Division in the Bureau of Microbial Hazards, and Director of the Health Effects Division at the Pest Management Regulatory Agency. In 2010, Dr. Yan was appointed Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences in the Food Directorate. Over a 10-year tenure, he led several high-profile ministerial priorities under the Healthy Eating Strategy: the amendment of the nutrition labelling regulations; the prohibition of partially hydrogenated oils; sodium reduction, and the development of the front-of-package nutrition labelling regulations. He also led the work in developing a regulatory framework for products in the Food/Natural Health Products interface resulting in the publication of the new Supplemented Foods Regulation in July 2022. In addition to his achievements in Health Canada, Dr. Yan has also helped shape the minds of students and young professionals as adjunct and part-time professor at the University of Ottawa for over 25 years. After retiring from Health Canada in 2022, Dr. Yan has continued his teaching of undergraduate and post-graduate programs at the University of Ottawa. In 2023, Dr. Yan’s career achievement was recognized by his appointment as Health Products and Food Branch Scientist Emeritus at Health Canada.

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