Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 11, 2006 18:33 ET

AAFC: Canada's New Government Funds Food Safety in Saskatchewan

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 11, 2006) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, announced today that the Province of Saskatchewan will receive $600,000 over the next two years to enhance and promote food safety systems in its food processing industry.

"Canada's New Government is proud to partner with the Province of Saskatchewan on this Food Safety Initiative," said Minister Strahl. "I believe that this will help raise awareness of enhanced food safety systems and their growing importance in the current marketplace."

The Minister added that Canada's New Government is getting things done to protect the health of Canadians. "Canada's food is among the safest and is of highest quality in the world, thanks to the collective effort of industry, governments and consumers."
"The Government of Saskatchewan commends our province's food industry for its strong commitment to producing safe and high-quality food," said the Honourable Mark Wartman, Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food. "We are pleased to deliver this federal food safety funding to make plants in the province aware of food safety programs that they can implement to enhance their market access and sustainability."

The Food Safety Initiative (FSI), a component of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program, is designed to help industry maintain its high standards in food safety and quality. The objective of the FSI is to increase the number of non-federally registered food processing plants using standardized food safety systems.

In Saskatchewan, the FSI will focus on outreach activities, which will be delivered by Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food. Outreach activities are aimed at providing better information and advice on food safety issues in the non-federally registered food processing industry through various learning activities.

The FSI is funded under the Agriculture Policy Framework, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that aims to position Canada as the world leader in food safety, innovation and environmentally responsible agricultural production.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
    Scott Brown
    Communications
    306-787-4031