VINTNERS DES VIGNERONS
ASSOCIATION DU CANADA
Education/Training Sessions on HACCP
Plans for BCWI Member Wineries
Over the past year, the Food Safety Working Group (FSWG) of the Canadian Vintners Association
(CVA) has worked with the Guelph Food Technology Centre to develop a generic HACCP plan (Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Point) for Canadian wineries. The FSWG which is made up of large, medium,
small and craft wineries, have completed the drafting and pilot testing phases of the generic plans and
The HACCP plan is a generic platform that allows each winery, if it so chooses, to produce its own
HACCP system, or elements of a HACCP plan, as an aid to improved operating practices.
What is HACCP?
HACCP is a world-wide recognized systematic and preventative approach that addresses biological,
chemical and physical hazards through planning and prevention, rather than just finished production
In December 2007, the federal government announced plans to introduce new food safety legislation
and a Food and Product Safety Action Plan. The stated goal of the new federal plan is to improve
Canadian safety and health, reward responsible industry players, and enhance Canada’s reputation
abroad. With regulatory oversight over food and beverage production increasing, the HACCP toolkit will
be useful to all wineries, whatever their size, to help position themselves ahead of future new
requirements while enhancing operating practices.
With the expert assistance of the Guelph Food Technology Centre, the CVA is offering to hold
information and training sessions on the generic HACCP plans that have been developed for the wine
industry, by the wine industry.
The working sessions will be held in various locations across Canada during the spring and summer of
2008, with a goal of maximizing winery participation. These sessions will be open to all BCWI
To assist us with planning, we would be grateful if the attached brief survey could be completed and
returned to the CVA by January 28, 2008. Your insights will assist us to determine the budget, location
and number of sessions required to plan workshops in wine regions across Canada. Given the “hands
on” nature of the sessions, the groups will be kept to a reasonable size to allow maximum interaction.
Benefits of Participation
Each participant will receive a copy of the guide and working manuals as part of the workshop material.
The CVA’s goal is to provide wineries with the working knowledge and tools which can be used voluntarily
to review and improve winery operations.
As an industry, it is important to position Canada’s wineries at the forefront of safe beverage production
practices in the eyes of the public, government regulators, and importing nations (where HACCP is, or
may become a requirement).
SURVEY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA WINERIES RE:
PARTICIPATION IN HACCP TRAINING SESSIONS
I am interested in participating in a HACCP Education/Training Session
If yes, which of the following locations would be most convenient for you?
Which month would be best for you?
PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO CANADIAN VINTNERS ASSOCIATION
BY JANUARY 28, 2008
FAX: 613 782–2239