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Workshops: Promoting a Culture of Food Safety

– from the BC Food Safety Stakeholders Group

Following the 2011 symposium, it is our hope that these workshops will be the next step in promoting the culture of food safety in the BC agri-food industry so that every level of the food chain will have food safety in mind in their respective role.

This workshop is of value for producers, retailers, distributors, suppliers, regulators, processors and other members of the food industry who are interested in promoting a culture of food safety in BC-from farm to fork.

Topics include:

  • History of Foodborne Outbreaks in BC
  • Food Processor Supplier Requirements: Does your product meet the test?
  • Understanding the Hurdle Effect in Prevention of Food Safety Hazards (and Recalls)
  • Is your Product at Risk? Maintaining the Cold Chain from Farm to Fork
  • Labelling for Food Allergen-Gluten Sources and Added Sulphites /Allergens: The 3R's - Realities, Regulations & Recalls

> Kelowna – January, 2013 @ Summerhill Winery – note date change, details to follow
> Nanaimo – Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ Inn on Long Lake

Click here for online registration.

For more information please contact the event planner:

Lesley Patten
Every Aspect Management
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250-382-9676 ext 226


Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012

The Small Scale Food Processor Association has received an invitation to participate in the Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012, scheduled to take place in Vancouver on September 10-11, 2012, and in Saskatoon on September 12-13, 2012.  Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012 is the 3rd in the series of high profile thematic public policy forums organized by Canada India Foundation (CIF – CIF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 2007 by Indo-Canadian entrepreneurs and professionals to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India.

India plays a dominant role in global food production including staples like wheat, maize and rice. India, along with China, is one of the largest producers of wheat and rice in the world. Their production and productivity growth have a major impact on global food security. India is also a leading producer of high value commodities like milk, vegetables and fruits. With increasing demand for more complex diets across the developed world and the dramatic shift from grain-based to animal protein diets, investment opportunities in these agricultural sub-sectors are increasing and attracting increasing levels of investment capital.  The agriculture sector in India is in transition from traditional to business-based largely through increasing private sector participation in retail of agri-produce, direct procurement from farmers, contract farming, changing policy discourse and creating new models of farm to fork supply chain. The rising potential in agriculture and India’s key role in combating food insecurity has attracted global players like Canada and it is in this context that the Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012 is being organized. It is being organized in two Canadian cities, in provinces which are crucial to the growth in Agriculture and Food Processing trade with India. The Province of British Columbia will be the presenting sponsor for the first two days of the Forum in Vnacouver. The Forum then moves to Saskatoon for the conclusion of the Forum. The Province of Saskatchewan, jointly with the University of Saskatchewan, will be the presenting sponsor in Saskatoon.

The following topics will constitute the Agenda for the Forum:
• Food Security
• Investment and Trade
• Food Processing
• Family Farms and Cooperatives
• Logistics and Supply Chain
• Cash Crops and Value Added Products
• Technology and Productivity Enablers
• Fertilizers and Micronutrients
• Current Opportunities/Challenges in Bi-lateral Trade
• Going-Forward Recommendations

In addition to the sessions, which will be held in a panel discussion format, there will be two dinner events (September 10 in Vancouver; September 12 in Saskatoon), with featured guest speakers. Special arrangements have also been made for site visits to augment the discussions.

> Agenda
> Registration and Partnership Package
> Invitation


Article on B.C. Food Diversity

B.C. Food Diversity (an independent section by Mediaplanet to the Province) – this supplement from the Province includes a panel discussion the future of BC's food production industry, including comments by Candice Appleby, Executive Director of the Small Scale Food Processor Association...

Question 1: How can food processors increase the value of their business?
"Farmers, retailers and chefs collaborating on new product ideas that meet consumer demand will be the way of the future. Understanding the issues of all involved requires discussion, then planning and sharing of resources.  These types of relationships are only possible when a level of trust has been established. If a food processor has a steady source of supply and a market channel that is committed to the success of both the processor and the farmer,this makes for a winning combination."

Question 2: What can you or I do to help secure locally produced food for the future?
"Ensure the infrastructure to preserve the food is in place. If we want to ramp up production, we need the  infrastructure in place to handle the increase. Adding warehousing, processing plants, new strategies for distribution and willingness of buyers to not only source local, but collaborate with local businesses to ensure the industry can incrementally add capacity as demand grows for more sustainable options. Get engaged, understand the  issues and then invest—investment funds are a way for the average citizen to participate in the food system. Ask your financial advisor what investment funds are available that provide capital to the local food system. If they don’t know of one, maybe it is time one was set up!"

B.C. Food Diversity (The Province, June 28th 2012):


Get Ready to Grow Safely!

These two articles, prepared by Worksafe BC for the SSFPA, will be of interest to food processors.

WHMIS to GHS is coming. Get ready!

As the world shifts its attention to workplace safety, global standards are being developed to ensure there is a consistent level of safety communication between different countries. Canada is currently using WHMIS for its hazardous materials communication system, but there’s a new player coming to town. The Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is a hazardous materials communication system that will standardize hazardous materials management around the world... Click here to read more and download the full article.

Planning to grow? Grow safely!

Your company may be small, but that first big contract could happen any day. You’ve started planning—what equipment you might need, how many new workers, and many other details—so things will go smoothly when the big day comes. But have you thought about workplace safety? As new workers are hired and new equipment is installed, it can become increasingly difficult to ensure that everyone knows how to do their job safely, and that new hazards are identified and resolved... Click here to read more and download the full article.

Links of interest


For specific details on GHS standards, please refer to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s (CCOHS) GHS website at

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
WHMIS After GHS: How Suppliers Can Prepare

Health Canada
International Harmonization

Grow Safely

WorkSafe BC
Health and Safety for Small and Medium Sized Food Processors

Small Business Health & Safety Log Book

Food and Beverage Processing Equipment

Tool Box Meeting Guides

2012 Make-it-Safe Conference

Manufacturing employers, safety professionals, and safety committee members are invited to learn, share, and network at this conference and trade show hosted by the FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC, the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters of BC, and WorkSafeBC. The sessions will feature experts speaking on important health and safety issues in today’s manufacturing industry. Delegates can expect two full days of discussion, dialogue, and debate between like-minded individuals. Registration is now open: Register on or before July 15 and you'll be automatically entered into a draw to win an iPad™.

Conference Dates: September 20 & 21, 2012
Pre-conference workshops: September 18 & 19, 2012

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