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Safe food transporation and safety for Canadians


October 3, 2012
By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Oct. 3, 2012, Halifax, NS – The federal government recently announced an investment for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) that will help to strengthen the organization’s food safety program, as members met for their general meeting in Halifax, NS.

This investment of more than $415,000 will help the CTA update its existing Trucking Food Safety Program to include the latest food safety standards, regulations, and practices, including the addition of a new audit and certification process and creating a user-friendly online system carriers can operate more easily.

It’s hoped these improvements will help to reduce the risk of food contamination beyond the farm gate and give food processors, distributors, and retailers more confidence that their products are handled properly during transportation. A strong food safety system also reassures Canadians of the safety of their food, which in turn helps to boost the bottom lines of farmers.

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“Just about every food and beverage consumed by Canadians is carried on a truck at some point,” noted David Bradley, CEO of the CTA. “The alliance is proud of its Trucking Food Safety Program, but we know it can be made even better through improvements such as automation and enhanced audit protocols. This would not be possible without the financing provided by the Growing Forward program and is a good example of government and industry collaborating to enhance food safety transportation in Canada.”