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GRAND OPENING of the FoodMetrics Laboratory in

Courtenay, BC

FoodMetrics Laboratory in Courtenay, the first community food analysis lab of its type in western Canada, is opening its doors for an open house and food analysis workshop on October 19th. Join us from 4pm-6pm to learn about the importance of analysis in food safety and the role FoodMetrics will play in the food and agricultural industry of the Comox Valley. This free forum will feature discussions and hands-on demonstrations.

Can’t make the presentation? Swing by the lab from 1-2 pm on October 19th to see the facility and talk food safety with Laboratory Services Manager Dr. Spencer Serin. We’re located in atrium of the multi-use building at 407 5th street. Entrance is off England on 4th through the glass doors.

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An Exciting Announcement!

 

 Foodmetrics Laboratory in Courtenay is open for business! Foodmetrics, the first community food and water analysis lab of its type, is excited to offer microbial analyses specially tailored to a large variety of business, agricultural and home products. We will be happy to discuss with you the most effective strategy to best confirm the safety of your products or production operation, whether through product sample analysis or environmental swabbing. Our main focus is the quantification of indicator organisms such as Coliforms, Generic E. Coli, Aerobic Plate Count and Yeast and Mould. In addition, we provide identification of pathogenic bacteria such as E. Coli O157, Salmonella, and Listeria. 

We're located at 407G 5th Street, in the atrium of the building (https://goo.gl/maps/Mjy4JkYmE972). For any inquiries please contact the Lab Services Manager Dr. Spencer Serin at 250-871-7372 or via email at spencer.serin(@)foodmetricslabs.com

 

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The Community Food Analysis Lab is a collaborative initiative of the Small Scale Food Processor Association, Intrisk Training Solutions Ltd.,  and Biomedix

 

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Food Processor Associations Develop BC Food Connection, a Digital Tool to Stimulate Food Industry Growth

Seeking co-packing businesses for database tool to attract more business

April 3, 2018 -  The BC Food Processors Association and the Small Scale Food Processor Association are excited to announce the launch of a business development tool that will help new and expanding BC food and beverage processors to locate manufacturing services with co-packers, commercial kitchens, and other complementary facilities.

“Canadian food processors are the largest employer of all manufacturing industries, and the Government of Canada is very proud to support the development of BC Food Connection” says Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay. “This investment will help grow the sector and lead to more well-paying jobs for Canadians.”

The creation of BC Food Connection is also supported by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. 

This project is all about making connections and it will assist B.C. food processors in growing their business,” said B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham. “I encourage B.C.’s food and beverage processors to participate so they can make connections as soon as possible. The B.C. government is committed to supporting the value-added food processing sector as part of our larger Grow BC, Feed BC, Buy BC mandate priorities, in order to develop our domestic food system, and generate economic activity and revenue in communities throughout our province.”

“As an Association, we regularly receive inquiries from food and beverage companies looking for co-packers to help them scale their business, which also presents a great business opportunity for companies willing to co-pack that aren’t running at full capacity,” explains James Donaldson, CEO, BCFPA. “This tool will more easily connect the two, so they can both expand their business operations.”

BC Food Connection will reside on its own website, with access to it coming from both Association sites, as well as through the Ministry of Agriculture.  An easy-to-use, drop-down menu will guide users through the tool, helping them to identify the type of product, preferred packaging, minimum volumes, and food safety requirements.

“We’re extremely excited about this business tool to stimulate growth for our members,” says Candice Appleby, Executive Director, Small Scale Food Processor Association. “Similar initiatives have been successfully launched in the Ontario and Manitoba food processing sectors, so we are optimistic that we are on the right track.”

BC Food Connection’s database is currently being populated with co-packer and commercial kitchen business profiles.  The website will launch on April 3rd.  To get entered into the database, co-packing and related companies are invited to enter their details at the www.bcfoodconnection.ca  or contact the BCFPA or SSFPA for details.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

About BCFPA - https://www.bcfpa.ca/

The BCFPA helps BC’s food, beverage and natural health products manufacturers to achieve economic prosperity and sustainable safe.  For our members we provide support, training, a strong voice, and create a positive ecosystem that enhances our members ability to compete and grow locally and globally; and to serve as the industry’s advocate.

 

They are dedicated to representing all segments of the food, beverage and natural health products processing industries in BC, and since 2004 our membership has grown to over 550.  Our processor members represent over $6 billion in revenue and employ over 20,000 BC residents.

About SSFPA -  www.ssfpa.net

The SSFPA, is a vibrant and growing national organization incorporated in March 2002. With a focus on infrastructure and resource development to support small scale agri-food processing, they have grown to over 250 members representing over 500 individual businesses.

Their roots are in BC, but their voice and advocacy work is being heard across the country and internationally. They represent not only their own members, but those that support and govern the agri-food industry.

As a trade association, their broader message is complemented by their passion for supporting local businesses, in whatever area they operate in. That support keeps members connected to opportunities to grow and sustain their businesses.

A diverse board of directors, a small staff team, and member volunteers operate the association with a dedication to advancing the industry in an ever-changing economy

For media inquiries contact:

Candice Appleby

Executive Director
Small Scale Food Processor Association

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866-547-7372

 

James Donaldson

CEO

BC Food Processor Association

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604-371-4245

 

Dave Townsend

Government Communications and Public Engagement

B.C. Ministry of Agriculture

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Guy Gallant
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
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Welcome to the B.C. Food System Policy Database

 

This database is a centralized resource for planners, policy makers, community advocates, local organizations and the policy curious to search for policy precedents and to better understand how local government policy in B.C. is addressing local food systems. Search by a range of characteristics to find food system policies that have been adopted by local governments across B.C. For more information about using the database and how it was developed.

 


 

 

 

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A "BC" HACCP Plan Workshop

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PLANNING PROGRAM

2 Days 8 Modules Business and Marketing Development Workshops

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

 


 

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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.

 
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