Food Safety & Traceability Funding Announced

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.

Use the interactive tool to find out if you will need a license here: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/acts-and-regulations/regulatory-initiatives/sfca/consultation/learn/licensing-of-food-businesses/eng/1427300844139/1427300914872

The food safety requirements for licence holders can be found in the Food Safety Enhancement Program Manual here: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/safe-food-production-systems/food-safety-enhancement-program/program-manual/eng/1345821469459/1345821716482

There are a variety of activities you can take part in to improve food safety in your business.  Activities and their expenses are deemed eligible for funding under this program when they directly relate to absolving food safety risks and improving traceability.  Here is a list of cost-shared funding activities for eligible Post-Farm agri-food businesses:

1. Conducting Food Safety and Traceability Assessments to identify and document risks, issues and opportunities to improve food safety and traceability capacity, systems and practices;

In a Food Safety and Traceability assessment, food safety consultant performs an on-site review of your business to identify gaps in food safety and traceability.  Also known as a “Gap Assessment”, this valuable tool provides you with recommendations that you can use to prioritize your spending. 

2. Access to training to increase the food safety and traceability expertise of their staff;

Food Safety and Traceability training courses are available for support under this program.  Foundtree Product Design is an approved training provider and we’re happy to provide customized, on-site training to help you improve food safety in your operations.  A full list of food safety courses offered can be found here: http://www.fphrc.com/online-institute/

3. Implementation of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Best Practices (BPs) and recognized Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety practices and traceability systems in their operations; and,

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Best Practices (BPs) are policies and procedures you will need to meet food safety requirements and/or effectively manage food safety risk in your business.  Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a systematic and preventative approach to food safety that is the basis of all food safety management systems. It is the most recognized and trusted food safety program in the industry and is globally recognized.  The Food Safety Enhancement Program Manual is based on the principles of HACCP. 

4. A successful first time third party HACCP based audit.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Enhancement Manual, when you achieve HACCP certification you are demonstrating your commitment to producing safe food. Certification is received through independent third party certifying bodies and the costs associated with certification are eligible for funding support.

Go on, click on the link and apply.

www.postfarmfoodsafety.com

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