Food safety support for B.C. producers

B.C.’s On Farm Food Safety and Traceability Program offers eligible B.C. agrifood businesses cost-shared funding

VICTORIA – The governments of Canada and British Columbia are providing up to $1.6 million over two years to support B.C.’s agrifood producers’ efforts to enhance on-farm food safety practices and meet emerging national and international food-safety traceability requirements.

B.C.’s On Farm Food Safety and Traceability Program offers eligible B.C. agrifood businesses cost-shared funding 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 program targets on-farm agri-businesses producing food for human consumption and businesses seeking first-time certification in internationally recognized HACCP-based food safety assurance programs. Applications for the new program are available at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/growing-forward-2/on-farm-food-safety