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Interesting Article on Meat Allergies

Journalist Maryn Mckenna (@marynmck) has published an interesting article concerning a rare and unusual food allergy – to red meat and related products. The allergy is unusual given that onset is linked to tick bites. It also has a significant impact on quality of life given the number of products involved in ad...

CFIA to add Additional SFCR Webinars

Due to high demand, registration for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) webinar series on the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) has reached capacity. The CFIA reports they are currently working to identify additional webinar dates and will post them on the SFCR Webinars page page once deta...

Dec 12 Deadline for MB Capital Investment Funding

The Manitoba government through the Ag Action Manitoba program assists agri-processors and associated industry service providers with capital investment for modernizing activities that enhance efficiency, production and environmental activities. The next application deadline for processors and abattoirs for investments...

Vaccine to Mitigate E. coli Contamination not being used

Interesting article by CBC Medical Sciences Correspondent Kelly Crowe regarding the recent outbreak of E. coli 0157 infections from contaminated romaine lettuce. It turns out that a vaccine exists that could significantly reduce the amount of the pathogen shed by cattle (the source of the lettuce contamination). Howeve...

SFCR License Deadline is January 15, 2019 – Get your Questions in Soon

Canadian food processors and distributors that require a license under Canada’s new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) have until January 15, 2019 to submit their online application through My CFIA. On November 8 I contacted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with two questions regarding licensing...

Canadian Industry Survey on Food Fraud Published

The Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organization (CIRANO) in collaboration with Le Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en bioprocédés industriels au Québec (CRIBIQ) and the Institut sur la nutrition et les aliments fonctionnels (INAF, Université Laval) has published a survey entitled, ...

Prairie Food Summit Postponed

The Prairie Food Summit scheduled in Winnipeg for November 7, 2018 has been postponed. Keep an eye on www.prairiefoodsummit.org for when it will be rescheduled. ...

New and Updated SFCR Guidance Documents Available

New and updated Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) guidance documents have been recently posted to the SFCR web portal. New On the Regulatory compliance landing page, now find: Standard Inspection Procedure (SIP) overview Standard Permissions Procedure (SPP) overview Standard Regulatory Response Process (SRRP)...

Prairie Food Safety at Prairie Food Summit, November 7

Prairie Food Safety will have a booth at the Prairie Food Summit in Winnipeg on November 7. If you’re attending, come visit! ...

Do You Need a Licence Under the SFCR?

On January 15, 2019 Canada’s new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) come into force. While all of the requirements under the new regulations do not need to be implemented on January 15, a licence (if you require one) will be. To determine whether you need a licence check out the Licensing section of the S...