March 13, 2017, Ottawa, Ont – CanadaGAP is very pleased to announce that the program has received full government recognition.
“This achievement has been years in the making, and we are proud to receive recognition,” stated Jack Bates, board chair for CanAgPlus. “We congratulate our dedicated and hard-working staff on reaching this important milestone, and we thank government representatives for their commitment to this process.”
Government recognition is available to food safety programs developed in Canada that meet all government requirements for a technically sound, effectively delivered program.
“Canadian government recognition of the CanadaGAP program coincides well with federal regulatory modernization that will significantly impact the fresh produce industry,” said Heather Gale, executive director for CanadaGAP. “New food safety regulations are on the way that include requirements for growing, harvesting and packing of fresh produce for interprovincial trade or export. The program is now positioned to be a ‘model system’ for program participants needing to demonstrate they have implemented effective preventive controls.”
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