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Funding to help food-tracking framework


May 11, 2009
By Marg Land


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May 11, 2009, Toronto, Ont. – Consumer confidence and the ability to
react more quickly in emergencies are the heart of why both the Ontario
and federal governments continue to encourage industry to take further
steps toward a food tracking system.

May 11, 2009, Toronto, Ont. – Consumer confidence and the ability to react more quickly in emergencies are the heart of why both the Ontario and federal governments continue to encourage industry to take further steps toward a food tracking system.

A four-year, $25.5-million joint investment will enable Ontario’s farmers and food processors to continue to put in place the building blocks for what is known as a traceability system. A fully developed system could one day connect the food we eat to exactly where it came from, and every step along the way.

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The Food Safety and Traceability Initiative (FSTI) provides cost-share funding to individual facilities to help enhance and document food safety programs and traceability systems by buying and installing equipment, obtaining certification from recognized food safety programs and/or employee training.

The FSTI is part of the Best Practices suite of Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Other initiatives in the Best Practices suite include Environment and Climate Change, Business Development and Biosecurity.

To learn more about the Food Safety and Traceability Initiative and how to apply, click here.