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Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan

The Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan information can be viewed at the following link: 

http://inspection.gc.ca/food/action-plan/eng/1366921334607/1366921368545

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to review the action plan and provide input to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

 

Canadian Food Inspection Agency releases documents

CFIA has posted what are probably the final documents for the Food Safety Regulatory Forum.  

These are:

  • A New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection - Discussion Document
  • Compliance Promotion - Discussion Document.

It is expected that all the documents will be publicly available on June 4th at: http://inspection.gc.ca/food/action-plan/food-safety-regulatory-forum/eng/1369676743621/1369676873558

Regulatory Framework:   This discussion paper is perhaps the most important of the documents circulated.  It sets out the government's initial proposals for the new regulations under the Safe Food for Canadians Act and builds on the work started in the inspection modernization initiative.   There are two key appendices which outline "outcome-based" requirements for regulated food businesses and for primary production of fresh produce.   The discussion paper has 33 questions inserted to prompt comments and there will likely be many more that arise. 

Compliance Promotion:   This discussion paper sets out CFIA's current thinking on assisting food businesses to comply with the new regulations.  As noted in the description of the associated presentation (update #12), the approach focuses on sets out four (4) pillars for a compliance promotion strategy:

education (e.g. on-line information and search functions, guidance documents, webinars, etc),

technical assistance (e.g. model systems, plain language documentation, templates, checklists, etc)

transparent communication (eg. sharing industry best practices and compliance and enforcement data)

compliance incentives (eg. linking compliance to oversight and to support programs) and disincentives (eg. suspensions & monetary penalties)

This paper does not indicate that there are any commitments from the federal government in terms of financial assistance to micro,small and medium-sized enterprises for the implementation of the new regulations.   The discussion paper does not include questions, but the Forum presentation on this subject does.

 

New Report Released: Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs

The report “Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs: A preliminary analysis of how Canadian cities and regional districts are involved in food systems change,” is the first scan of municipal and regional food policy development in Canada. It reveals that a growing number of communities right across the country have launched food charters, food strategies and action plans, and created food policy councils.

 

NEW! Co-Packing Facility opens in Vancouver, BC

Taste Culinary Solutions Inc. offers manufacturing services to food companies who want to concentrate their skills and utilize their capital for developing, promoting and selling their products.

Leave the manufacturing part of your business to Taste so you can concentrate on your business, get out of the kitchen and sell your products. Entrusting the manufacturing of your products to Taste lets you focus on your core business development and grow.  For more information click here

 


 

Advanced Payment Program

The Small Scale Food Processor Association (SSFPA) is pleased to announce that they are once again administering the Agriculture Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)  Advance Payment Program (APP).  The SSFPA APP program is available to British Columbia vegetable growers and greenhouse operators and can provide no interest and low interest loans to help finance inventory of their products.  For full details of the APP program, including products covered and rates - Click  HERE

 
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