Canada feds pledge $175,000 for food safety and standards
Canada is giving money to the DRC for food safety outreach efforts and to start the process of updating grade standards. ( DRC )
The government of Canada is giving $175,000 to the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation to assist in food safety outreach efforts and to help update Canadian fruit and vegetable grade standards.
The DRC will receive $118,795 to educate the industry on Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations, and $58,807 will go to updating the grade standards.
â€œOur government is committed to giving the horticulture industry in this province and across Canada the tools it needs to succeed and become even more competitive,â€ Vance Badawey, member of Parliament, said in a news release. â€œThese investments will help strengthen the commercial position of our fruit and vegetable growers while contributing to our governmentâ€™s goal to grow Canadaâ€™s agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025.â€
Ron Lemaire, president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, said the funding supports the supply chain to ensure Canadians continue to have access to fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables.
â€œWe are very pleased the government of Canada has provided support to the fruit and vegetable sector for the DRCâ€™s role in the trade and commerce portion of the Safe Food for Canadians Act as well as modernization of the Grade Standards Compendium for fresh fruit and vegetables,â€ Fred Webber, president and CEO of the DRC, said in the release. â€œThe playing field will be truly leveled when everyone knows the rights and responsibilities associated with the proposed regulatory requirement for a DRC membership.â€
Webber said the standards play an essential role in resolving grade and condition disputes.