Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

May 17, 2006 14:00 ET

CFIA: 'Be Aware and Declare' Campaign Announced for Travellers, Protecting Canadians from Foreign Diseases, Viruses and Destructive Insects

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2006) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and other government departments want travellers to pay more attention to what they bring back from other countries. It's part of a campaign to help prevent plant and animal disease outbreaks such as avian influenza.

The Government of Canada announced the "Be Aware and Declare" travellers' campaign - including a new 30-second in-flight video - at the Ottawa International Airport today. The campaign stresses that all travellers are responsible for helping to eliminate prohibited foreign products such as certain meats, poultry, cheeses and fruits from entering the country.

"These seemingly harmless products can spread viruses, diseases and destructive insects," said Agriculture and Agri_Food Minister Chuck Strahl. "While our Border Services Officers do an excellent job at protecting our borders, we need travellers to do their part and declare their food, plants and animal-related products."

The campaign targets the travelling public with information on the types of products they should not bring into Canada. Some airlines will air the 30-second video and distribute an information card to remind passengers to declare all food, animal and plant products to Border Services officers.

By focussing on prevention, the Government of Canada continues its efforts to protect our country and encourages travellers to be a part of the solution.

For more information on the travellers campaign, please visit www.BeAware.gc.ca or call 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232).

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    (613) 228-6682
    or
    Canada Border Services Agency
    Media Relations
    (613) 957-6500