Standing policy: Food Safety
The OFVGA supports food safety and consumer health.
Food safety - evaluating problems (2012-06)
WHEREAS all fruit and vegetable growers support a safe food system through food safety protocol,
WHEREAS our food supply has had minimal problems, and
WHEREAS growers want consumers to have continued confidence in their food supply, and
WHEREAS growers are quickly blamed where any food safety issue occurs, and
WHEREAS the supply chain is very complex with many points of possible contamination. For example contamination could happen in order from consumer to farm as follows:
contamination by shoppers at the retailer
contamination at retail handling front and back room
transportation to retailer
transportation to distribution warehouse
transportation from farm to wholesaler
at the farm.
THEREFORE be it resolved that when a food safety issue is discovered that each location must be evaluated from the point of the food safety issue being found backwards through the supply chain and isolate the problem where it happens, not as is currently the case where they automatically go directly to the farm.
AND FURTHER be it resolved that the OFVGA and CHC demand that the above protocol be implemented.
Food safety - professional audits (2012-08)
WHEREAS growers support a food safety protocol, and
WHEREAS some random audits may be necessary, and
WHEREAS as part of these random audits, auditors are now re-evaluating past auditor decisions, and
WHEREAS this is extremely unprofessional.
THEREFORE be it resolved that OFVGA lobby CHC to make the random audits when they are needed more professional.
Food safety - random audits (2012-07)
WHEREAS food safety protocol is necessary today and will remain so in the future, and
WHEREAS growers need consumers to have confidence in the food supply, and
WHEREAS overall in Canada a small percentage of growers are covered by food safety protocol, and
WHEREAS CHC seems to be spending huge amounts of funds on random audits of these farm operations,
THEREFORE be it resolved that the funds which are used to do these random audits would be better spent promoting the program and bringing new growers on board.
Food safety extension (05-07A)
WHEREAS there is a growing need to implement on-farm food safety programs for Ontario Horticultural crops; and
WHEREAS there is a need for in-field knowledge for implementation thereof
THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA request of OMAF that there be provision of on-farm food safety extension specialists to facilitate implementation
Safe food supply to Canadian consumers (LR 05-16)
WHEREAS food safety is a primary concern of the Canadian consumer and
WHEREAS many of the CHC membership has developed or is developing food safety programs and
WHEREAS edible horticultural products are being imported into Canada and repacked for both domestic and export markets
THEREFORE be it resolved that the OFVGA together with CHC lobby the Canadian Government to provide adequate resources to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to ensure that repacking activities are done legally and do not jeopardize the fundamentals of a safe food supply or alternatively damage the efforts of food safety undertaken by Canadian producers.