Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 01, 2010 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Traceability for Canadian Horticulture Producers

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2010) - The Government of Canada is helping Canadian horticulture producers demonstrate their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables to consumers at home and abroad. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Member of Parliament Joe Preston (Elgin-Middlesex-London) announced the investment of more than $750,000 to help the Canadian Horticulture Council develop a national on-farm food safety system that will strengthen the horticulture industry and help them show how safe their products are on the world stage.

"Horticulture producers can be proud of their long standing history of producing safe, high-quality produce for Canadians and consumers world-wide," said Minister Ritz. "This investment will further increase consumer confidence in the safety and quality of Canadian produce and will help growers boost their competitive edge in the marketplace."

The Canadian Horticulture Council will use this funding to complete their On-Farm Food Safety System for the horticulture sector. Currently, the CHC is making the food safety program available for implementation by horticulture producers across Canada. 

"Growers here in Ontario and across Canada understand the importance of healthy food when it comes to maintaining a healthy business," said MP Preston. "That's why I'm proud to be part of a Government that works with farmers and makes smart investments so that Canada can continue to be a world leader in growing top quality agriculture."

"The Government of Canada assistance has made it possible for the Canadian Horticultural Council to develop a technically sound and effective on-farm food safety system for Canada's fruit and vegetable producers," said Andy Vermeulen, CHC President. "The CanadaGAP program is a clear example of the Canadian Government's commitment to helping farmers achieve their goals of safe production and market access."

Agriculture is a core economic driver in Canada which is why in addition to Canada's Economic Action plan, the Government of Canada is making these types of investments through Growing Forward. This federal investment is being delivered through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIFSI) which helps organizations develop national, government-recognized on-farm and/or post-farm HACCP or HACCP-based food safety systems.

To find out more about this initiative, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/cifsi.

For more information, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059
    or
    Canadian Horticulture Council
    Heather Gale
    CanadaGAP National Program Manager
    613-226-4880