In 2015, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Board of Directors and membership identified food safety as a top priority to ensure the ongoing viability and growth of the fresh produce sector in Canada. They understood that a food safety incident in one commodity group or segment could have devastating repercussions throughout the business, and that the Canadian Industry needed a dedicated food safety group to lead the charge.
As the voice of the produce industry in Canada, CPMA created a dedicated food safety group within their Industry Simplification group. Food safety, in conjunction with the regulatory, government relations, education and technology groups, provide members with a suite of subject matter experts they can access to assist them when an issue arises.
We recognize the need for ongoing Canadian-focused research and education in the areas of pathogens, regulatory changes and best practices so members can stay at the forefront of food safety in Canada. The CFSF will help facilitate and disseminate the important work, current and future, occurring in the produce industry.
A part of food safety’s mandate is to provide members with information, through education, research or other projects, on food safety and related issues that affect the Canadian produce industry. To that end, the Canadian Food Safety Fund (CFSF) was created as a means of financing these activities.
- Support vital, Canadian-focused, food safety research;
- Develop educational programs and key information for members on existing and emerging human pathogens related to produce; and
- Increase government outreach, including in the U.S. and Mexico, to address food safety issues across North America.
The CFSF will be governed as follows:
- CPMA’s Board has oversite of all CPMA activities.
- CPMA’s Food Safety Technical Sub-Committee, which reports to CPMA’s Food Safety Committee (FSC) will review research proposals and make recommendations to the FSC.
- The FSC will identify successful proposals and determine funding allocation.