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Give your company a competitive edge – take free eLearning courses to learn more about industry best practices and to be more competitive in the marketplace!

Access the new Food Safety and Traceability eLearning courses online on the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario online learning system through the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.

The new Traceability eLearning courses show how good practices can:

  • maximize productivity, improve business efficiency, reduce costs and improve business processes
  • be used to increase competitive advantage by accessing new markets
  • improve supply chain management

The new Food Safety eLearning courses will help you to:

  • identify food safety hazards that can occur in your operation
  • understand best practices and develop programs to control these hazards
  • decrease the likelihood of food safety hazards that can lead to a foodborne illness outbreak or product recall

Visit the University of Guelph website to register for a FREE account. Then simply log in and begin learning – wherever and whenever is convenient for you! Accessible versions of the courses are available. For more information, contact the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus at rcagfood@uoguelph.ca or 519-674-1500 ext. 63295.

Do you prefer classroom-based learning? Food Safety and Traceability courses and workshops are still offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Visit their website for the dates and locations of upcoming in-person opportunities.

Online course development was funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector.

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There is a new national program that everyone in the pork industry needs to know about (see PigTrace Canada for full details).

Effective July 1st of this year federal regulations will make pig traceability mandatory in Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has developed regulations under Canada’s Health of Animals Act that will require both the sender and receiver to report the movement of pigs within seven days of shipment or reception.  A document containing the movement information must accompany all pig shipments and records must be retained for 5 years.  These regulations have been in process for several years and were developed through extensive consultation with industry representatives, including Ontario Pork and the Canadian Pork Council.

Administration of the database is being conducted by PigTrace Canada, which is an industry led pig traceability program. The goals of the system are to ensure protection, prosperity, and peace of mind for the Canadian pork industry and its customers.  The program is designed to improve the response to animal health or food safety emergencies, which will minimize the impact of market disruptions and will also support market access.

Having valid premises registration numbers for each location (for example farms assembly yards, or abattoirs) that ships or receives pigs is a requirement of the PigTrace Canada system.  There are certain features of the program that simplify movement reporting in certain circumstances, but it is the responsibility of both the sender and receiver of animals to ensure that all pig movement is recorded and reported.

Watch for the information packages that Ontario Pork will be mailing to producers later this month.

If you’re not aware of the requirements of these new regulations, which come into effect on July 1st, be sure to visit the Ontario Pork booth at the Ontario Pork Congress in Stratford, June 18 and 19.  You can also check out the June issue of Pork News and Views to learn more. Complete information on the PigTrace Program is available on Ontario Pork’s website (www.ontariopork.on.ca) or at www.pigtrace.ca

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The Traceability Foundations Initiative (TFI) Intake 2 will be accepting applications beginning June 1, 2012 until July 24, 2012.

TFI is a three-year joint Federal/Provincial funding program that provides up to 75 per cent cost share funding to sector organizations and value chains to support voluntary, industry-led information sharing networks that will enhance agri-food traceability.  Traceability is an important component of food safety programs. Approved projects may be eligible for up to a maximum of $5 million in funding per project.

Visit the OMAFRA website at www.ontario.ca/traceability and click on “funding” to access the new eligibility assessment tool, application, guidebook, and other helpful resources as well as to register for an upcoming education session.

 If you would like additional guidance in completing an application, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at tfi.omafra@ontario.ca or by calling 1-877-424-1300.

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