Embracing a culture of food safety that fosters awareness, streamlined processes, consumer education and a mindset of continuous improvement is likely the most important thing an industry can do today and learning from best practices, forums and industry experts is a great way to make strides in that direction.
Canada is very fortunate to have a built a solid international food safety reputation. In fact, two years ago, we were ranked in first place according to a publication by The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada – the “2014 World Ranking Food Safety Performance Report” - which looked at a number of inherent risks that could be categorized under elements of assessment, management and communication.
The Safe Food for Canadians Act was passed in 2012 offering more consumer protection, promoting stronger food safety protocols, better record-keeping, documentation, inspections and so forth for everyone in industry. The basic principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) and general good manufacturing practices are also being embraced.
So, whether you are a small entrepreneur baking cakes or a large processor working with vegetables, meats, dried goods, beverages, etc. etc. or managing crops and livestock – simply put, good food safety practices are as essential as a solid business plan to ensure success in all aspects of our company activities today.
In the spirit of fostering a culture of food safety and continuous improvement for our businesses, we are looking forward to taking part in three special events all focused on Food Safety in the next few weeks and invite you to join us to share your thoughts, insights and practices!
Please mark your calendar for March 2nd, 2016 and help us welcome Thompsons Limited to our EMC GF2 Food Sector Workshop which is so kindly being hosted by Greenfield Ethanol Inc. in Chatham. Our Guest presenter will be sharing their best practices and practical tips relating to food safety and their quality model as well as their journey to obtain SQF Accreditation.
An interesting company, Thompsons has a very long history as a supplier of value-added agricultural products that include seed, grains, white pea beans, edible beans, popcorn, and dry pack grocery products. In addition to this they also process and package food grade products, and ship grain and edible beans to domestic and global markets and retail fertilizer and crop protectants and various services associated with the growing of agricultural crops.
This promises to be a most excellent session and is open to all processors in the food, beverage, bio and ag sectors and for any companies directly supporting those sectors (ie. Packaging, Equipment Manufacturers, etc.). A simple RSVP to me at email@example.com is all that is required to attend.
In addition to learning from Thompsons Limited, EMC is also very pleased to be participating in two special Food Safety Forums in the upcoming weeks:
25-Feb-16 – NSF-GFTC’s Canadian Food Safety Forum & Award Recognition Event 2016, Brampton (Vulnerability Assessment and Food Fraud Prevention; Regulatory Landscape; Leadership in Food Safety) - www.gftc.ca
20-Apr-16 and 21-Apr-16 – Strategy Institute’s 12th Annual North American Summit on Food Safety, Toronto (Legislative Requirements; Recall Prevention; Traceability; Systems Management; Risk Mitigation; etc.) - www.foodsafetycanada.com
As we gather feedback from our Manufacturers on the topics of most interest – food safety which is certainly a topic of great breadth encompassing so many different elements - is often on the top and it is wonderful to have an opportunity like these special events mentioned above to connect with peers having similar interests and to learn from companies who embrace and nurture a culture of continuous improvement in that regard.
On behalf of our Host Greenfield Ethanol Inc., our Presenter, Thompsons Limited and EMC – we would love to have you join us on March 2nd, for our EMC GF2 Food Sector Networking Event as we explore one company’s journey in food safety and SQF certification!
All the best as always!
Bren de Leeuw, Director - EMC Food, Beverage, Bio & Ag Program Canada
Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium - firstname.lastname@example.org - 519-372-6009