On-Farm Implementation funding now available to support potato producers and packers implementing on-farm food safety programs in their operations

    OTTAWA, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - On January 2, 2008, the Canadian
Horticultural Council (CHC) received official approval from Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) of its application for On-Farm Implementation (OFI)
funding for potato producers under the Canadian Food Safety and Quality
Program (CFSQP) - OFI component.
    Funding under the CFSQP-OFI Component provides producers with a total
allocation of $1,050 to support them in implementing on-farm food safety
(OFFS) in their operations. A total of $300 is made available to attend up to
three commodity-specific OFI workshops, while the remaining $750 can be used
to receive technical support from an OFFS consultant or purchase specialized
food safety equipment.
    "Canadian producers and packers of potatoes have been taking steps to
implement on-farm food safety in their operations for years," said Anne
Fowlie, CHC Executive Vice-President. "Industry takes food safety very
seriously and recognizes the importance of taking measures to safeguard our
food and the health of the Canadian public. We welcome and greatly appreciate
the availability of OFI funding to support potato producers and packers in
continuing their efforts to manage food safety risks by implementing the CHC's
on-farm food safety program for potatoes."
    The CHC submitted the application on behalf of provincial member
organizations who will serve as delivery agents of the funding. Individual
producers should contact their provincial potato associations for details on
how to access this funding.
    In order to apply for OFI funding, national producer organizations must
first successfully undergo a process of rigorous technical review in which the
technical soundness of OFFS program procedures and requirements is verified by
a federal-provincial-territorial government team led by the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CHC's OFFS program for Canadian potato producers
and packers was officially endorsed by a team of technical experts in November
    The CHC gratefully acknowledges the support of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada, which has provided funding for the development and implementation of
the CHC Potato Producer and Packer On-Farm Food Safety program materials.

For further information:

For further information: For additional information visit the CHC web
site at www.hortcouncil.ca/FShome.htm or contact: Kathleen Paynter, Food
Safety  Administrator, Canadian Horticultural Council, (613) 226 4880 (ext.
204), F. (613) 226 4497, kpaynter@hortcouncil.ca, www.hortcouncil.ca

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