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Do you own a business in food processing, manufacturing, or farming?  Are you planning to start a business in any of these areas?

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Information for BC Food Processors

The Public Health Act’s Food Premises Regulation’s Sections 23 and 24 were updated in 2013 to enhance food safety in British Columbia’s food processing industry. These changes require food processors in B.C. to develop, maintain and follow a written Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point-based (HACCP) food safety plan and a written sanitation plan.

 

If your B.C. food processing facility is federally registered and you have written food safety and sanitation plans in place*, those plans meet the B.C. Food Premises Regulation requirements. You would then already comply with the new provincial food safety regulatory requirements.

 

HACCP-based plans are an international industry standard. You need to complete these plans and have them approved by your environmental health officer by March 26, 2016. If you are already operating a food processing establishment, your food safety procedures will likely form a good portion of the written food safety plan and your sanitation plan.

 

The Ministry of Health is committed to supporting you as a food processor as you develop your food safety and sanitation plans. The ministry is offering one-day training courses throughout B.C. to help you develop your plans. For step-by-step workbooks and other materials, as well as dates and locations for training courses, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/keeping-bc-healthy-safe/food-safety/food-safety-sanitation-plans. If you are unable to visit the website, the ministry can send you an electronic (PDF by email) or paper copy of the workbook, as well as the training schedule. Please submit a request by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Your environmental health officer can also provide advice on the changes needed to meet the new requirements.

 

If you have already written a food safety plan and a sanitation plan, check to make sure they meet the new requirements at: www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/11_210_99. Please contact your local health authority to have your food safety plan and your sanitation plan approved (ask for the environmental health officer who is responsible for inspecting your business). For contact information for your local or nearest health authority office, please visit:

Fraser Health - www.fraserhealth.ca/find-us/services/our-services?program_id=9434;

Interior Health - www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Service&loc=&svc=Environmental%20Health&ploc=;

Island Health - www.viha.ca/mho/contacts/hpes.htm;

Northern Health - northernhealth.ca/OurServices/Facilities/HealthUnits.aspx;

Vancouver Coastal Health - www.vch.ca/locations-and-services/find-health-services/?program_id=18;

 

*Federal registration is required for exports and interprovincial shipments in commodities such as dairy, honey, eggs, meat, fish, maple products, and fresh or processed fruits and vegetables. Federal registration may also be required for imports of these same food commodities. Many food products do not currently require federal registration for import or export.

For more information on whether your company or facility should be federally registered, please review the following information on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website:

Food imports - www.inspection.gc.ca/eng/1376515896184/1376515983781

Food exports - www.inspection.gc.ca/eng/1323723342834/1323723662195

 


 

Tips from Worksafe BC 

http://www.speakingofsafety.ca/2015/03/11/work-safely-near-forklifts/ 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 
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