March 1 Community Briefs: new DivorceCare group, food sale legality workshop

...funding support in program that improves food safety for B.C. producers

DivorceCare in Vanderhoof

Helping those healing from the hurt of separation and divorce, DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. DivorceCare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable DivorceCare resources to help you deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life.

More information can be found on www.divorcecare.org.

In Vanderhoof, the DivorceCare group meets Sundays at 7 p.m. from March 19 to mid-June at 780 Loop Road (white house across from Nechako Christian Fellowship).

Open to anyone who is experiencing the pain of separation or divorce, participants can join the group at any time.

For more information and to register, call or text Bob Clark 250.570.9203 or June Clark 250.570.9338

 

Selling food to public

On March 13 at 7 p.m., those looking to sell or provide food to the public can learn about the legal requirements, as well as the food operations and health approval process, at a free information session in St. Joseph’s Parish.

 

Safety support to BC producers

VICTORIA British Columbia’s value-added food companies will increase their chances of having their products sold outside of Canada by participating in a Government of Canada- and British Columbia-funded program to help them meet international food safety and traceability requirements.

The approximately $2-million Post-Farm Food Safety and Traceability Program will offer participants up to $35,000 to:

* conduct food safety and traceability assessments to identify and document risks, issues and opportunities to improve food safety and traceability capacity, systems and practices;

* access training to increase the food safety and traceability expertise of their staff; and

* implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Best Practices (BPs) and recognized Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety practices and traceability systems in their operations.

The two-year program will improve agrifood businesses’ capacity to address current issues and to meet emerging national and international food safety and traceability requirements.

It is being delivered by the Food Processing Human Resources Council and is cost-shared with participants.

Application forms, guidelines and related documents are available at: http://postfarmfoodsafety.com/home/

The program targets B.C. food-processing businesses seeking first-time certification in internationally recognized HACCP-based food safety assurance programs.

Additionally, the program targets B.C. companies that use recognized food safety and traceability standards, implement food safety and traceability systems, effectively manage food safety risk, and create opportunities to access new markets and increase sales.