MP James Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake), speaking to the annual summer meeting of the Chicken Farmers of Canada in Winnipeg, has announced funding of $72,500 to the CFC to undergo an audit of its on-farm food safety system.
The CFC will then proceed to the final stage of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's On-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program. This national program follows the Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles to make sure that potential food safety problems are caught before products leave the farm gate.
An Agriculture Canada release said the CFC is working toward becoming the first organization to achieve full recognition by this program, and other organizations will be able to learn from the experiences of this pilot project.
This federal Growing Forward funding is being made through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIFSI), which helps organizations develop national, government-recognized on-farm and/or post-farm HACCP or HACCP-based food safety systems.