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News from the Food Directorate at Health Canada

The Food Directorate at Health Canada has circulated a new quarterly newsletter for stakeholders. It makes an interesting read and provides an update on some of the Directorate's activities. Links to the English and French pdf versions of the July 2011 edition (Issue 1): Food Times Chronique Alimentaire


Retail and Food Service Guides from Saskatchewan

A series of retail guides and food service guides have been developed by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan for companies who wish to sell products to retailers and food service providers. The retail information was originally developed for the Professional Food Management Program and is designed for immediate implementation by all sizes of food companies.


New Consumer Food Safety Program

A creative new food safety campaign,, has been unveiled with an important message for British Columbians: Use a digital food thermometer and fridge thermometer at home to avoid food poisoning! Hundreds of thousands of people in BC suffer from food poisoning every year. Food poisoning, which is especially dangerous to young children, is commonly caused by undercooked meat, and under-chilled food, both of which can be avoided. The campaign is taking this message to the people, with the help of a superhero, Theo Thermometer, some great prizes to be won, and the voice of celebrity chef, Chuck Currie. For more information, tips and resources, please visit:

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Snapshot of Key Canadian Commodities

Special edition of a global market report prepared by the International Markets Bureau of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC):

Snapshot of Key Canadian Commodities and their Global Market Competitiveness: 2007-2009

AAFC is committed to working with industry to help build a competitive and innovative Canadian agriculture sector. The report above contains data on Canada’s top export products, their top international markets, and the primary competitors in each of those markets.
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The European Union: Export Market Opportunities

Are you seeking a high-income, sophisticated export market for your food or seafood product? The European Union (EU) may be the right market for you. If you would like to learn more about opportunities and have your product assessed by European importers, join our February 3, 2011, seminar in Vancouver, BC.

The EU is the world’s largest single economy, and annually imports $155 billion in food products from non-European countries. In 2009, Canada exported $2.46 billion in agri-food and seafood products to the EU. The region boasts a large, wealthy middle-class, a trend-setting market, and common policies that allow for the free movement of goods. It offers a stable and predictable trade environment and many opportunities for Canadian agri-food products, particularly those with health and wellness attributes (organic, free-from, natural, and sustainable); products that evoke ‘Canada’; products with unique flavours and formulations; berries; mushrooms and others.

If you are a Canadian agri-food or fish and seafood business, this seminar will provide you with an overview of the market, trends, export requirements, and logistics considerations. You will also have the opportunity to reserve a meeting with a European importer for a hands-on assessment of your product.

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Strategy Room 420
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Registration: $56 ($50 plus HST) – Lunch will be provided

Click here for registration form.

For more information, please contact:
Emily MacKenzie, Marketing and Trade Officer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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