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Nineteenth meeting of the Agri-Subcommittee on Food Safety: Record of decision

May 7, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Key decision points

  • At the next ASFS, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will give a presentation on the dispute resolution process to receive feedback from industry (for example process for addressing disputes between inspectors and plants).
  • CFIA will update the ASFS on the implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).
  • ASFS industry members recommend CFIA form an industry/government working group to examine best practices and processes (for example standards, guidelines and toolkits) for addressing cases of food fraud.
  • ASFS members will continue to discuss how this committee can provide value for the agriculture sector moving forward.

A full listing of decisions is found in Annex A.

Introductions

Co-chairs welcomed participants and reviewed the meeting agenda.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency's update on food fraud

Food safety objectives and detectable limits/amounts; salmonella in frozen raw breaded chicken products

Public health results on Salmonella

Next Generation Sequencing and Whole Genome Sequencing – applications beyond food safety

CFIA's Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

An overview of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriAssurance Program

CAP research priorities on food safety

McDonald's food safety strategy

ASFS model: Review

Roundtable discussion

Conclusion

Annex A

Action Items
Action Item Description Responsibility Timeline
19-1 CFIA to provide a presentation on the dispute resolution process and receive feedback from industry as well as discuss the process when disputes arise over validation (for example process for addressing disputes between inspectors and plants). CFIA Agenda item at next meeting
19-2 CFIA's new outcome-based approach:
  • a. ASFS industry members to discuss how an outcome-based approach could be used to enhance food safety across the value chain, including best practices to reduce presence of pathogens.
CFIA Agenda item at next meeting
  • b. CFIA to update on the implementation of the SFCR at the next meeting.
CFIA
  • c. CFIA to provide an update on the activities to prepare its workforce for the SFCR at the next meeting.
CFIA
  • d. ASFS industry members recommended further discussion on the application of Food Safety Objectives in an outcome-based process. The Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition to provide discussion material.
Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition and CFIA
19-3 As science progresses and advances in testing are made in the area of NGS / WGS, ASFS industry members requested regular updates on new methods be brought to the roundtable. AAFC, in collaboration with federal partners Winter 2019
19-4 AAFC to share food safety related CAP research priorities of provinces and territories, for ASFS industry members' review. AAFC Fall 2018
19-5 AAFC to present the work to date of the ASFS (for example, identify achievements) to facilitate a discussion on the terms of reference at the next meeting. AAFC Agenda item at next meeting
Recommendations
Recommendation Item Description Responsibility Timeline
19-6 ASFS industry members recommended the CFIA establish an industry/government working group to examine best practices and processes (for example standards, guidelines and toolkits) to address cases of food fraud. CFIA Fall 2018 or winter 2019

Participants

Co-Chairs

Industry members

Federal government members

Speakers

Federal observers

Industry Observers

Federal support

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