On-farm food safety boosted

January 13, 2009
Written by CNW News Service
Jan. 13, 2009, Ottawa, Ont. — The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) has received government funding for Canadian greenhouse growers who are implementing on-farm food safety programs.

Funding under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program, under the On-Farm Implementation (OFI) component, provides producers with a total allocation of $1,050 to support them in implementing on-farm food safety (OFFS) in their operations. A total of $300 is made available to attend up to three commodity-specific OFI workshops, while the remaining $750 can be used to receive technical support from an OFFS consultant or purchase specialized food safety equipment. 

“This is excellent news for Canada’s greenhouse industry,” said CHC executive vice-president Anne Fowlie. “Producers can use this funding to implement programs on the farm, ensuring safe practices are in place to minimize risk of contamination.” 

Individual producers should contact the appropriate delivery agent for their province, or the Canadian Horticultural Council, to obtain further details on how to access this funding (see CHC website: www.hortcouncil.ca/FSOfi.htm). 

In order to access OFI funding, national producer organizations must first successfully undergo a process of rigorous technical review in which the technical soundness of OFFS program procedures and requirements is verified by a federal-provincial-territorial government team led by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The CHC’s OFFS program for Canadian greenhouse producers and packers was officially endorsed by a team of technical experts in July of 2008.

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