Yup, you read that correctly. The Post-Farm Food Safety Program is now open for applications (doing a happy dance)!
To achieve a world-class level of food safety, British Columbia (BC) food and beverage manufacturers are taking part in the Post-Farm Food Safety and Traceability Program. This cost-sharing initiative, actively running from December 2016 until January 31st, 2018, can provide your business with up to $19,000 or $35,000 in funding for your food safety and traceability systems.
Do you need funding for food safety and traceability activities? Food safety funding is being provided to assist companies to improve standards, training, and work towards certifications.
Why do you need to pay close attention to food safety and this opportunity anyways?
The risk of food borne disease is inherent in any food business and the majority of people will experience a food borne disease at some point in their lives. This highlights the importance of making sure the food you prepare is not potentially contaminated with harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins, chemicals or physical hazards, like glass and metal. Having a food safety plan for your business means you are preventing contamination rather than catching it. Managing food safety means you are executing and constantly improving your plan. Microorganisms evolve – why wouldn’t we?
The whole world (and Canada) is raising the bar on food safety. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations has just been published in the Canada Gazette and some food manufacturers will need to obtain a licence and meet higher food safety requirements.