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CHC veggie food safety program milestone


December 16, 2009
By Canadian Horticultural Council

Dec.
16, 2009, Ottawa – The national food safety program for producers and packers
of combined vegetables (including asparagus, sweet corn and legumes, bulb and
root vegetables and fruiting vegetables) has now completed a rigorous
government technical review process.

Dec.
16, 2009, Ottawa – The national food safety program for producers and packers
of combined vegetables (including asparagus, sweet corn and legumes, bulb and
root vegetables and fruiting vegetables) has now completed a rigorous
government technical review process.

The
program, developed by the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), has been
officially endorsed by a team of technical experts from the federal and
provincial governments. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) provided the
CHC with a letter of completion in September. This is the final CHC module to
complete the process – five other crop groupings have already completed
government technical review.

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“The
successful completion of our final module is an exciting milestone for us,”
said Heather Gale, who manages the program. “This has been five years in the
making.” 




The
CHC’s CanadaGAP (On-Farm Food Safety) Program consists of national food safety standards and a
certification system for the safe production, storage and packing of fresh
fruits and vegetables. Six crop-specific
manuals, developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for technical
soundness by Canadian government officials, are designed for growers and
packers implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). The manuals contain
comprehensive guidance based on a rigorous hazard analysis using HACCP
principles.


The CHC
is a national, not-for-profit industry association representing fruit and
vegetable producers and packers.
 




CHC
Crop Grouping

 

Technical
Review Completed

18-Month
Review Date (Adherence Verification)

Potato

November
2006

October
2008

Tree
and Vine Fruit

March
2008

October
2009

Greenhouse

July
2008

January
2010

Leafy
Vegetable and Cruciferae

June
2009

TBA

Small
Fruit

June
2009

TBA

Combined
Vegetable

September
2009

TBA


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