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Food safety solutions inc. 

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This section will be regularly populated with interesting but important pieces of information that are related to the many programs we audit. We will also list here the latest industry and government news that you may otherwise not already know, but should.

Enjoy this section, and start the discussion at your place of work.

Peter Stein

Food safety solutions inc. 
  • (03-02-16) Big News =  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadian-agency-given-deadline-by-us-body-to-clean-up-food-safety/article28961876/
  • Links

    Canadian Food Inspection Agency = http://www.inspection.gc.ca/
    CFIA Food Recalls = http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/eng/1299076382077/1299076493846

  • February 12, 2016 - March 2016 - Implementation of Chapter 12 in animal welfare
  •  February 3, 2016

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published its Private Certification Policy (Food Safety) http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/accountability/consultations/regulatory-risk-based-oversight/private-certification-policy/eng/1452808755126/1452808821799, which was developed based on stakeholder feedback. 

    This policy will enable the CFIA to enhance its risk-based oversight by considering private certification schemes as one of several factors when planning its activities, and allow the Agency to target its inspection activities in areas of highest risk.  

    Private certification schemes are formal, documented food safety systems that are developed and administered by the private sector. The policy does not require a change of regulations and does not replace regulatory oversight. The CFIA will continue to verify compliance with regulatory requirements. 

    The CFIA will not recognize or endorse any private certification schemes. All private certification schemes will be assessed individually. An establishment certified by a private certification scheme that the CFIA has assessed may see adjustments in inspection frequencies as the Agency focuses on areas of greatest risk. Industry remains responsible for choosing certification schemes that suit their needs.       

  • Dry floors in a food processing plant are best-practice; 
  • Listeria is a poor competitor with other bacteria. The cleaner your plant the more you need to monitor for Listeria.
  • Oxidizing Sanitizers are the most effective environmental sanitizers.
  • Shelf-Life declarations are required to be validated by micro time studies for CFIA.
  • A typical RTE meat product is considered to be at its shelf life end when Total Plate Counts (TPC) are between 1-10million CFU/gram. Generally speaking.
  • Safe Foods For Canadians Act – will be introduced in phases, starting in Western Canada in Spring 2016.
  • Note: All food producers in Canada that ship inter-provincially will now be regulated by CFIA and will need to comply with the new Act and Regulations. If your not in a regulated food commodity now you will be under the new act. This means you will need to have an approved HACCP Program in place, documented and implemented when the deadline comes around. (PSFSS Inc. can help you get prepared.)