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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Canadian Food Safety Recognition Program

The program is a collaborative effort funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under the Growing Forward initiative. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) leads the program with the participation of industry as well as provincial, territorial governments and other federal departments.

Are you aware of, or involved in, this program and how much do you know about it? Let's discuss it. Even if you are not in Canada, please share your thoughts.

My investigations have so far have led me to believe the program is voluntary. Should it be enforced?

What role do you think a voluntary program like this has in a market place with internationally recognized food safety certification schemes?

How do you view the following statement published by CFIA concerning this Program?

“Following attainment of recognition, ongoing monitoring by way of regularly scheduled ongoing assessments and triggered assessments will determine if the national producer organization's food safety management system is maintaining its administrative effectiveness.”

Do you think the “administrative” descriptor for effectiveness should be dropped or is that too much focus on semantics?

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