To read the entire food safety policy statement, please download the CFA Policy Manual.
The Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry produces safe, high quality and environmentally sustainable foods. Since the early nineties Canadian farmers, in partnership with governments, have taken leadership in developing national systems to strengthen our food safety commitment.
In 1997, Canadian farmers proactively led and designed the Canadian On-Farm Food Safety Program that would help them set up a system that could be nationally recognized and would allow them to demonstrate due diligence in food safety. Later through the broader Canadian Food Safety and Quality Program (CFSQP) Canadian producers, CFA and national commodity organizations, continue to work in partnership with AAFC and CFIA to develop the Canadian approach to on farm food safety. The Canadian approach entails the development of national commodity specific programs,
developing strategies and necessary tools to educate producers and to implement national on-farm food safety initiatives consistent with the Codex Alimentarius' Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) definitions and with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's On-Farm Food Safety Recognition Program. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has co-funded and assisted in the development and implementation of the national on farm food safety programs since 1997. It is a primary goal of CFA to ensure the continued development of strong, sustainable, industry-led food safety, traceability and animal health systems for the greater public benefit of Canadians.