As Canadian food consumers become increasingly mobile, their appetite for products and services from the U.S. is likely to grow even faster.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported Monday that in the first quarter of this year, the number of Canadians ordering food online surpassed those ordering in the U!
The agency, which relies on internet and mobile-based orders for its business, expects to see the number rise to over a million by the end of this month.
Canada’s food system is already experiencing a boom, with Canadians ordering in record numbers, the agency said, adding that Canadians ordering at retail have been able to buy their food from stores in other countries as well.
But consumers buying food online are still subject to strict border controls.
While most Canadians have access to a variety of online retailers, the government does not have any online ordering facilities in place for Canadians to use to buy food in Canada.
Food Canada spokeswoman Anne-Marie Desjarlais said in an email that Canadians must be at least 18 years old to order food online and that Canadians who have completed the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety and quality certification process have access for online ordering as well as in-store ordering.
“Online orders are currently being processed in a secure and secure manner, which means that only Canadians can order and receive their food online,” Desjarlas said.
“Consumers are responsible for ensuring that food they order online meets their food safety standards, and the Canadian Food Safety Authority ensures that their food does not come from unsafe suppliers.”
The agency said food can also be delivered in person, in the mail or through a courier service.
Desjarlos said it is important to note that Canada does not currently have a formal system for online food ordering, but that Canada has an “open-source model” for food ordering that allows consumers to order through a food bank or a food distribution company, rather than relying on an online ordering service.
“The current system is not open source, and that is one of the reasons why Canadians are able to order online,” she said.
However, food delivery is a much cheaper way to buy and is a popular option for Canadians.
The agency expects the number to grow as Canadians buy more online.
“It’s really easy to order and to pay for food online.
That’s really important for a lot of Canadians,” Desmarlais noted.
The Food and Drugs Administration has not yet announced when or how the agency will begin issuing food safety certificates for online orders.
DesJarlais also noted that Canadian food retailers are required to have online ordering capability in their warehouses.
“We need to work with our food retailers to help ensure that the online system works well for Canadian consumers,” Desgarlais added.
The government has been working with food retailers and online ordering providers to make sure online ordering is safe and secure.
However the agency noted that in some cases, retailers are not required to issue food safety certification.
In March, a federal judge in Victoria, British Columbia, ruled that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of Canada (FSSA) should issue food certification for online order.
“In order to meet the requirements of the Food Guide, the FSSA must have online service, which includes a food delivery capability,” the ruling by the Canadian Court of Appeal said.
The judge ruled that retailers cannot be required to provide certification for food delivery unless it is in place by the date the food arrives in a store.
“This would prevent food delivery companies from being required to be certified for online delivery,” the decision by the federal judge said.
On Monday, the Food Industry Association of Canada, which represents food retailers, called on the government to ensure that food from Canada comes from approved suppliers.
“While food producers are able offer food to Canadians through an online system, that does not necessarily guarantee that food is safe,” the association said in a statement.
“FDA and other government agencies must also be empowered to provide the certification required for food from food producers to Canadians.”
The association said food safety issues have already been raised by consumers and food safety experts in the past, including in the case of a fatal outbreak in Alberta that occurred in February.
The association called on food companies to follow up on the findings of the court ruling, and to ensure consumers and retailers have access online ordering.
In a recent letter to the Food Standards Agency, the association urged the government “to ensure that consumers can order food from a safe supplier.”
In April, the federal government announced it was cancelling an online food order certification program, citing “further evidence that food delivery service providers are not fully compliant with the Food Guidance Standards.”
The Food Safety Agency of Canada declined to comment on the new ruling by an Alberta court.
The ruling in Victoria is expected to be appealed to the Federal Court of Canada.
The U.K. Food Standards Authority said in May it would not be issuing food certification certificates for food orders placed online.
In January, a judge in