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					Industry Food Safety
    The Canadian Produce
    Marketing Association
         experience

          March 21st, 2005
 Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Centre
            Guelph, Ontario
                    Agenda
1) Food safety industry initiatives
2) Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Project
   • The beginnings…
   • Standard, HACCP Model development
   • Training tool development
   • Next steps
3) Challenges, opportunities, current & future
  priorities
4) Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition
Food safety industry initiatives
AAFC’s Canadian Food Safety & Quality Program:
• Funds have first been allocated in March 2003
• 45 projects approved as of November 2004:
 On farm food safety related projects: 13 assoc.
      (covering 99% of primary agriculture)
 Post farm food safety projects: 8 assoc.
     (Feed Mills, Trucking, Grain Elevators & Railways,
     Food Distribution & Storage, Fresh Produce
     Repacking & Distribution, Bottled Water, Ice,
     Packaging Materials, Grocery Stores, Foodservice
     (volume feeding), Restaurants)
Food safety industry initiatives
AAFC’s Canadian Food Safety & Quality Program:
• Funds have first been allocated in March 2003
• 45 projects approved as of November 2004:
 Traceability projects: 11 assoc.
 Quality projects: 1 assoc.
Food safety industry initiatives
                           CFSQP - # of Projects Approved by Category

                      20



                      18



                      16



                      14
 Number of Projects




                      12



                      10



                      8



                      6



                      4



                      2



                      0
                           FOOD QUALITY   ON-FARM FOOD SAFETY   POST-FARM FOOD                   i
                                                                                 TRACEABILITY - S ngl e           S
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                                                                   SAFETY                 m
                                                                                       Com odi ty


                                                                Cate gory
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
              Overview
• Based in Ottawa
• Not-for-profit association - represents companies active in the
  marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada from the farm
  gate to the dinner plate
• Members include major grower/shippers/packers,
  importer/exporters, carriers, brokers, wholesalers, retailers, fresh
  cuts and foodservice distributors, integrating all segments of the
  fresh produce industry.
• Represent over 600 international and Canadian members,
  responsible for 90% of the fresh produce sales in Canada at an
  estimated value of 7 billion $ Cdn.
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
              Overview
• Funded by: Industry through voluntary membership and various
  services, activities and sponsorship programs.
• CPMA's vision: Increase the market of fresh fruit and vegetables in
  Canada by encouraging cooperation and information exchange
  among all segments, at the domestic and international level, of the
  produce industry.
• CPMA focuses on 7 key areas:
      Marketing and Promotion           Networking
      Food Safety                       Health and Nutrition
      Industry Efficiency Technology    Government Trade Relations
      Education and Training
Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Project

THE BEGINNINGS…
 • Produce Supply Chain Gap Assessment (1999)
   - CHC, CPMA, CCGD
 Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Project
 SUPPLY CHAIN FOR THE                     Consumer
 PRODUCE INDUSTRY
                Food Service Operators     Retailers
     Food Service Distributors
                                   Retail Distributors
           Transporters      Wholesalers
Minimal Processing      Packing and Repacking
Production      Cooling and Storage
           Inputs
Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Project

THE BEGINNINGS…
 • Produce Supply Chain Gap Assessment (1999)
    - CHC, CPMA, CCGD
 • Foodbourne outbreaks - more visibility
 • Pressures - US and Canadian buyers
 • Industry survey – Confirmation of:
     interest for a national set of food safety “guidelines”
     need to fill in the supply chain gaps
Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Project
FOOD SAFETY STANDARD & HACCP
MODEL DEVELOPMENT
 • Working group tasked to develop generic food safety
 tools
 • AAFC CFSAP – CPMA accessed funds in 2001:
      Revised the tools
      Developed a Food Safety Standard and a HACCP
        generic model for the Repacking/Wholesale sectors
      Added workbooks and templates for records
      Conducted pilots to “test” the program
      Produce Supply Chain meeting: buy in of food
        safety program by entire chain
Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Project

TRAINING TOOL DEVELOPMENT
• Time lines: October 2004 - June 2005
• Mandate
  Develop a Multi-media, Internet-based training tool
  with:
   videos                             pictures
   do’s and don’t scenarios           examples
   simulations & exercises            tests
   sources for further information
   integration with Standard, …
  • Transferable on CDROMs

                  • Roll-out   starting in May 2005
Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Project

NEXT STEPS
• Recognition of post-farm food safety programs
      - Interest expressed by CPMA and other national
      associations that have developed their respective
      food safety program
      - CSCFSC priority for 2004-2005

• Address the needs for certification of customized
programs within industry

• Address multi-standard and multi-audit requirements
Food Safety In The Industry

CHALLENGES
• Ever increasing number of issues
• Complexity of issues
• Huge needs – limited resources
• Global marketplace
• Multitude of standards and audit requirements
Food Safety In The Industry

CHALLENGES
• Maintenance of food safety program(s)

• Government recognition for post farm food safety
programs yet to come
• U.S. Food Safety Initiative - Action Plan for produce
• Inconsistent implementation and delivery throughout the
industry
• Hesitation in investing in food safety (“why change”,
costs/benefits)
Food Safety In The Industry

OPPORTUNITIES
• Food safety – Number 1 priority for the entire food sector
• Importance of government-recognized, national food
safety programs
• Industry & government communications on food safety
• Enhanced industry collaboration
Food Safety In The Industry

CURRENT & FUTURE PRIORITIES
• Regulatory renewal in Canada – How to make smart
moves…
• Implementation of finalized food safety programs
• Bring industry and government to ONE table (within
Canada, and between Canada and the US)
• Integration of traceability to food safety programs –
CanTrace initiative
• Integration of food security to meet customer demands
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition
 BACKGROUND
 • Formed in 2000
 • Open to national, provincial, local industry associations
 • Represents all segments of the food chain from input
 suppliers to final marketers
 • 38 member organizations
 • Mission:
 “Facilitate, through dialogue within the food industry and
 with all levels of government, the development and
 implementation of a national, coordinated approach to
 food safety to ensure credibility in domestic and
 international marketplaces.”
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition
ACTIVITIES TO FACILITATE INDUSTRY
DIALOGUE
 • 1st Annual Symposium - “Setting the Food Safety
 Agenda” (2001 - Ottawa)
 • Partnered with AAFC on Traceability Workshop (June
 2002 - Toronto)
 • 2nd Annual Symposium - “Driving Food Safety: Industry
 Advancing the Agenda” (2002 - Ottawa)
 • 1st Industry Workshop - “Communicating Supply Chain
 Food Safety Initiatives”(2003)
 • Industry Consultation on proposed Canada Health
 Protection Act (May 2004 – Ottawa)
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition

 ACTIVITIES AS FOCAL POINT FOR DIALOGUE
 WITH GOVERNMENT
 • Meetings with Intergovernmental Committees
 • Representations to Government
 • Participation in Consultations
 • 1st Industry/Government Forum – “Integrating Food
 Safety Systems In Canada” (May 2004 – Ottawa)
     Recommendations
     Next steps
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition
LOOKING AHEAD – PRIORITIES FOR 2004-
2005:
Member services and communications:
  • Focus member communications on specific issues,
  rather than providing general communications (e.g.
  newsletters, etc);
  • Maintenance of its website;
  • Engage members in the management of issues and in
  the furthering of the recommendations made by the May
  2004 Forum by establishing member-led task groups.
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition
LOOKING AHEAD – PRIORITIES FOR 2004-
2005:
  Issues Management:
  • Irradiation regulations;
  • Proposed Canada Health Protection Act;
  • Bill C-27 - CFIA Enforcement Act;
  • Initiatives under Food Safety & Quality Chapter of
  Agriculture Policy Framework
  • Participation in subcommittee work of FPT committees;
  • Proposed National Food Policy.
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition
LOOKING AHEAD – PRIORITIES FOR 2004-
2005:
  2004 Joint Industry/Government Forum Follow up:
  • Expansion of Recognition Program for Industry-led
  Food Safety Programs to include non-farm programs;
  • New Governance & Process for Food Safety Policy &
  Regulatory Decision Making;
  • Improvements to National Code Process (Amendments,
  etc);
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition
LOOKING AHEAD – PRIORITIES FOR 2004-
2005:
  2004 Joint Industry/Government Forum Follow up:
  • Completion of National Food Safety Training Project
  (retail/food service);
  • Development of Certification Capacity for Industry-led
  Food Safety Programs;
  • Development of Food Safety Auditor Training &
  Certification Programs.
  Task groups will be formed with members to
  initiate the process where there is interest.
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition

  www.foodsafetycoalition.ca

  cscfsc@monachus.com

  Tel.: (613) 233-7175

  19 Elm Street
  Ottawa, Canada K1R 6M9
Questions?

Marie-Claude Thibault
Director, Health and Food Safety
Canadian Produce Marketing
Association
Tel.: (613) 226-4187, ext. 225
Email: mcthibault@cpma.ca

				
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