Canada and British Columbia strengthen food safety systems

by Editor
Friday, July 31, 2009

A four-year agreement has been signed to ensure food products in British Columbia (B.C.) are amongst the safest and highest quality in the world, announced the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

The Food Safety Systems Implementation (FSSI) programme will receive up to $3 million over four years under the Growing Forward Agreement, a partnership between the federal, the provincial and the territorial governments. The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia (B.C.) have been working with farmers and processors every step of the way to develop the Growing Forward framework to develop programmes that are tailored with the flexibility to meet B.C.’s diverse regional requirements. The Small Scale Food Processors Association of B.C. will deliver the FSSI processor program across the province.

Growing Forward is a national agriculture framework to coordinate federal, provincial and territorial agriculture policy. Federal, provincial, and territorial governments are delivering $1.3 billion to Canadian farm families from 2008 to 2013. British Columbia’s share under these agreements will be a total of $78 million over the next five years.