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   Canadian Produce Marketing Association Launches The Canadian Food Safety Fund
Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 9:01AM EST

(Ottawa, ON) - As the voice of the produce industry in Canada, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has identified food safety as a top priority to ensure the ongoing viability and growth of the fresh produce sector in Canada. Understanding that a food safety incident in one commodity group or segment could have devastating repercussions throughout the industry, CPMA is proud to launch the Canadian Food Safety Fund (CFSF).

“We actively recognized 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,” states Ron Lemaire, CPMA President. “We saw a unique opportunity to help support research projects that would typically be cost-prohibitive to many of the smaller companies that make up our membership. The Fund will therefore facilitate and disseminate the important work, current and future, occurring in the produce industry.”

The CFSF’s main goals are to support vital, Canadian-focused, food safety research; to develop educational programs and key information for CPMA members on existing and emerging food safety challenges; and to increase government outreach, including in the U.S. and Mexico, to address food safety issues for CPMA members.

Through the CFSF, CPMA members can be confident that their organization is committed to continuous improvement within the Canadian food safety system. Members will be able to suggest or initiate commodity specific projects to address opportunities or challenges faced by their businesses; contribute to the overall body of scientific knowledge which, in turn, will result in the development of new, more efficient, more economical practices within the industry; and seek out the advice of CPMA’s new food safety expert, Jeff Hall.

“CPMA is already working with academia, governments, and other associations to move these goals forward,” adds Hall. “A part of our mandate is to provide members with information, through education, research or other projects, on food safety and related issues. We’re committed to partnering with a broad base to ensure that we create a body of research that will contribute to the long term sustainability of the industry.”

As a part of this renewed food safety focus, CPMA will be hosting a series of information sessions on the upcoming Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which is now in force. These sessions are available free to CPMA members and media and will take place in January and February 2018 in select Canadian and US locations. For more information on the CFSF and the ongoing initiatives to strengthen Canadian knowledge in food safety, please visit 


CPMA Food Safety Forums

As a part of CPMA’s renewed food safety focus, we will be hosting a series of information sessions on the upcoming Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) which is now in force.

These free information sessions will provide:

  • An opportunity to ask questions directly to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) representatives.
  •  A presentation by CPMA partner organizations PMA and United Fresh on the FSMA.
  • A presentation by GFSI Certification Bodies on how GFSI & SFCR and FSMA will co-exist.
  • An opportunity to interact with CPMA members and discuss the changing regulatory landscape.

Food Safety forums will run from 8:30am – 3:00pm.

Register at




Leamington, ON – OGVG offices

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Toronto, ON – Westin Airport Hotel

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Salinas, CA – Holiday Inn Express

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Calgary, AB - Delta Calgary South

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Burnaby, BC - Executive Hotel

Friday, February 23, 2018

Montreal, QC - Venue TBD

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Should you have any questions please contact Jeff Hall at

About the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA):

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, CPMA is a not-for-profit organization that represents a diverse membership made of up of every segment of the produce industry supply chain who are responsible for 90% of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. CPMA is fortunate to represent a sector that is both a significant economic driver for communities and that also improves the health and productivity of Canadians.

Source: CPMA

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