The CFIA Chronicle
Edition 3 – October 2017
CanadaGAP successfully completes the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Food Safety Recognition Program
Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, industry and consumers. Industry and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) work together to enhance food safety for Canadian families from farm to fork through programs such as the CFIA's Food Safety Recognition Program (FSRP).
On September 15, CanadaGAP became the 3rd organization to be recognized for successfully completing the CFIA's Food Safety Recognition Program, demonstrating that they have implemented effective preventive controls, including requirements for growing, harvesting and packing fresh produce for interprovincial trade or export. The Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Chicken Farmers of Canada previously achieved this recognition in 2016 and 2013 respectively.
CanadaGAP is a food safety program for companies that produce, handle and broker fruits and vegetables. It promotes good agricultural practices (GAPs) and is designed to help implement and maintain effective food safety procedures within fresh produce operations. There are over three thousand companies enrolled and certified within CanadaGAP.
CanadaGAP voluntarily entered into the FSRP back in 2003 and has completed all the required technical reviews and assessments.
"This achievement has been years in the making, and we are proud to receive recognition," stated Jack Bates, Chair of the Board for CanAgPlus, the corporation that owns and operates the CanadaGAP Program. "We congratulate our dedicated and hard-working staff on reaching this important milestone, and we thank government representatives for their commitment to this process."
Recognition under the FSRP acknowledges that a food safety program has been developed and effectively implemented in line with:
- a systematic and preventive approach to food safety based on internationally accepted standards
- federal, provincial and territorial legislation, policy and protocols
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, congratulated CanadaGAP for successfully completing the Food Safety Recognition Program and stated that this is "another example of how working closely with industry helps develop and implement government-recognized food safety management systems at the farm level. It is a positive step in helping to build consumer trust in Canada's food safety system."
Achieving recognition one stage at a time
Before receiving a Letter of Recognition under the program, national industry organizations must complete a rigorous process that includes a technical review of the organization's food safety program standards and management systems as well as successful audits completed by both government and third-parties
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|Technical review of the standard||
officials (federal and
of the management
|Third party audit to
||Third party auditor and
government of third
party audit findings
officials (federal and
Paul Glover, the President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency was on hand to congratulate CanadaGAP for this achievement and to present the certificate of recognition to Heather Gale, Executive Director of CanadaGAP. Mr. Glover was very pleased to recognize CanadaGAP's accomplishment and welcome them on board.
About the initiative
The Food Safety Recognition Program is a collaborative effort funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under the Growing Forward 2 initiative. The CFIA leads the program with the participation of industry as well as provincial, territorial governments and other federal departments. The FSRP encourages national industry organizations to develop food safety systems in line with a systematic and preventive approach to food safety called Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), which in turn strengthens Canada's food system.
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