MISSISSAUGA, ON April 24, 2018 – Turkey Farmers of Canada (TFC) received full government recognition for the TFC On-Farm Food Safety Program© under the Food Safety Recognition Program (FSRP) on April 12. The recognition process is led by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), with the participation of federal, provincial and territorial governments.
“This recognition represents the culmination of the work or the TFC Board of Directors, the Boards of Directors in the TFC eight member provinces across the country, and Canadian turkey farmers,” said TFC Chair Darren Ference. “Consumers can trust that our high quality Canadian turkey is produced through stringent standards. Our systemic and preventive approach to food safety is based on internationally accepted standards and conforms to federal, provincial and territorial legislation, policy and protocols.”
“In completing the recognition process, the Turkey Farmers of Canada have demonstrated a strong ongoing commitment to working with federal and provincial governments to produce the safest, highest quality turkey products possible,” stated CFIA’s letter of recognition.
The recognition serves as a formal declaration that the TFC On-Farm Food Safety Program©:
• Meets the requirements of the FSRP;
• Is technically sound in that it promotes the production of safe food at the farm level and adheres to Hazard Analysis Critical Point principles;
• Supports the effective implementation, administration, delivery and maintenance of this technically sound food safety program.
“This recognition is important to turkey farmers, because more than ever, consumers want to know how their food is produced,” said Ference. “We’re proud to demonstrate our high standards.”
“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proud to be working side-by-side with industry partners to enhance food safety for Canadian families from farm to fork,” said Lyzette Lamondin, CFIA’s Executive Director, Food Safety and Consumer Protection. “Thank you to the Turkey Farmers of Canada for their commitment to this process.”
Funding for this project was provided through the Assurance stream of the AgriMarketing program under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
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For further information, contact:
Malenka Georgiou, Associate Manager – Technical Affairs, On-Farm Programs
Phil Boyd, Executive Director