Food Safety Certification Workshop for Fresh Fruit & Vegetables


Creston, February 19 & 20 This two-day intensive workshop welcomed Food Safety and Education Specialist Elsie Friesen from the BC Ministry of Agriculture to provided information to farmers about the voluntary CanadaGAP food safety certification program for fresh fruits and vegetables.  At this workshop participants learned:

  • How to prepare and implement a Good Agricultural Practices program for fruit and vegetable handling, washing and packing, that aligns with the CanadaGAP voluntary food safety certification program;

  • What to expect from an on-farm audit to become certified;

  • How to start the CanadaGAP record keeping documentation;

  • About the Ministry of Agriculture’s Traceability Program and mock recalls; and,

  • How to apply for funding opportunities through the Canadian Agricultural partnership (CAP) programs to support on-farm food safety (OFFS) practices.

Resources: CanadaGAP official website, including:

BC Ministry of Agriculture

Where & When:

  • February 19 & 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Creston Hotel


  • Elsie Friesen, Food Safety & Education Specialist, BC Ministry of Agriculture

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