Food Safety Recognition Program
The Food Safety Recognition Program includes the On-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program and the Post-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program, which provides government recognition of on-farm and post-farm food safety systems developed and implemented by national industry organizations in order to:
- enhance food safety;
- maintain the confidence of Canadian consumers; and
- facilitate market access.
The Food Safety Recognition Program is led by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with the participation of the provincial and territorial governments.
Recognition acknowledges that a food safety program has been developed in line with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points principles, as defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission; conforms to federal, provincial and territorial legislation, policy and protocols; and that a Food Safety Management System has been implemented in an effective and consistent manner.
By providing a recognition framework that supports national, auditable, industry-led, HACCP-based food safety programs, the CFIA can support its goal of safeguarding Canada’s food supply along the whole food continuum.
National food industry organizations from the on-farm or post-farm non-federally registered sectors can choose to submit their food safety systems to the Food Safety Recognition Program for technical review. These systems may be stand alone or built into a private sector scheme and may contain associated initiatives such as biosecurity or traceability.
About the initiative
The Food Safety Recognition Program is a collaborative effort funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under the Growing Forward initiative. The CFIA leads the program with the participation of industry as well as provincial, territorial governments and other federal departments.
For more information
To learn more about the Food Safety Recognition Program please contact James Sefton - National Coordinator, Food Safety Recognition Program at James.Sefton@inspection.gc.ca.
Links to the industry organizations
- Canada Grains Council: Grains, Oilseeds, Pulses and Special Crops Canadian On-Farm Food Safety Program
- Canadian Cattlemen’s Association: Verified Beef Production
- Canadian Cervid Alliance : Cervid Live Animal and Velvet Antler On-Farm Food Safety Program
- Canadian Federation of Agriculture: Canadian On-Farm Food Safety Program
- Canadian Hatching Egg Producers: Canadian Hatching Egg Quality
- Canadian Herbs, Spice and Natural Health Products Coalition
- Canadian Horticultural Council: CanadaGAP Food Safety Program for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
- Canadian National Goat Federation: On-Farm Food Safety Program
- Canadian On-Farm Food Safety Working Group
- Canadian Pork Council: Canadian Quality Assurance Program
- Canadian Produce Marketing Association: Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
- Canadian Sheep Federation: Food Safety Farm Practices
- Chicken Farmers of Canada: On-Farm Food Safety
- Dairy Farmers of Canada: Canadian Quality Milk
- Egg Farmers of Canada: Start Clean-Stay Clean
- Ontario Veal Association: Veal Quality Assurance Program
- Packaging Association of Canada: IFS PACsecure
- Turkey Farmers of Canada: On-Farm Food Safety Program
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