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Feds invest in food safety at wineries


February 22, 2013
By Press release

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(L to R) Allan Schmidt, president of Vineland Estates Winery; MP Dean Allison for Niagara West – Glanbrook and John Mulder, director of quality services with Andrew Peller Ltd. take part in a recent funding announcement for the Canadian Vintners’ Association. AAFC

February 22, 2013, Vineland, Ont – Canadian vintners plan to update and strengthen their food safety systems with the recent announcement of an investment to the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA).

This investment of $333,000 will help the CVA update their Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety system, which outlines step-by-step safety standards for wine producers. The project includes developing new training tools and guidelines, online training materials, and communicating the system to industry members.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has committed $333,000 toward developing a recognition process and online training tool that will be available to all Canadian wineries interested in implementing a HACCP based preventative control program,” explained Dan Paszkowski, president and CEO of the Canadian Vintners Association. “The marketplace is increasingly demanding that producers have a food safety program in place and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has provided support to ensure Canadian wineries have the up-to-date tools they need to protect their place in the market.”

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This federal investment is being made through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIFSI) under the current Growing Forward framework.