The Canadian Grain Commission has launched two voluntary programs for Canadian grain companies who wish to enhance their grain safety and identity-preserved quality management systems.
The CGC HACCP and CIPRS plus HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) will help to ensure the safety and dependability of Canadian grains internationally. Through the two programs, the Canadian Grain Commission will certify companies’ grain quality and safety assurance processes.
The Canadian Grain Commission worked with the grain industry to develop these programs and based them on the Canadian Grain Commission’s experience in developing its identity-preserved quality management program, Canadian Identity Preserved Recognition System (CIPRS) which launched in 2003.
“The consultation period for these programs was one of the most extensive consultations that the Canadian Grain Commission has had,” said Chief Commissioner Elwin Hermanson. “With the support of industry stakeholders, we carried out pilot projects with 20 companies.” Of these 20 companies, three are certified and four have applied for certification.
HACCP is an internationally recognized system for managing food safety. A company’s inputs and processes are examined and potential food safety hazards are identified and controlled. An identity-preserved system is a quality management program that maintains the unique traits or quality characteristics from seed through all stages to shipping.
Canadian Grain Commission HACCP certifies a grain company’s grain food safety program, while CIPRS plus HACCP certifies a company’s grain food safety and identity-preserved program. Certification is based on the results of an audit conducted by a third-party audit company accredited by the Canadian Grain Commission. A grain company is audited against the Canadian Grain Commission’s Food Safety and Identity Preserved Quality Management System Standard.
More information about these programs, including the FSIP Standard, application documents and other tools, is avai lable on the Canadian Grain Commission website, www.grainscanada.gc.ca.
These programs do not duplicate existing food safety programs offered by other levels of government or the private sector. Ontario and Manitoba’s provincial governments have developed programs for non-federally registered food-processing plants. The Canadian Grain Commission, Ontario and Manitoba have worked closely to ensure that the new grain food safety programs and the provincial programs are compatible.
The Canadian Grain Commission is currently working to establish formal agreements with Ontario and Manitoba to ensure that grain companies operating in those provinces can get Canadian Grain Commission and provincial recognition of their grain food safety program with just one audit.
Once signed, Canadian Grain Commission HACCP and CIPRS plus HACCP will be recognized in Ontario as Advantage Grain, part of the Advantage Ser ies of Food Safety Programs and as equivalent to Manitoba HACCP Advantage in Manitoba.