Growing Forward Identifier

Food Safety Systems Implementation (Processor) Program

Media Resources

The following information is provided for the convenience of the media.

Media Contact:
Candice Appleby

Toll Free Telephone: 1-866-547-7372

Press releases 2010
Click to download press releases (pdf):
• Food Safety Planning Program Continues to Strengthen British Columbia Food Processing Sector  (SSFPA, April 8, 2010)

Press releases 2009
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Canada and B.C. Strengthen Food Safety Systems (BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, July 26, 2009)

In March 2009, the Food Safety Initiative (FSI) Program was announced as the the provincial winner of the 2008/09 Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Award – Partnership Category.
With the public’s rising concerns about food safety issues, FSI was able to shift attitudes and practices of food processing plants to recognize the value of adopting internationally recognized food safety systems and in turn help strengthen BC’s food safety system. The video below was extracted from the ceremony video.


The Food Safety Systems Implementation (Processor) Program, more commonly referred to as FSSI (Processor) Program, is offered as part of Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Growing Forward offers programs and services to support a profitable, innovative, competitive and market-oriented agriculture, agri-foods and agri-based products industry. Growing Forward will contribute to the health and wellness of Canadians through the development, recognition and implementation of food safety systems across Canada. FSSI (Processor) Program delivers educational workshops, one on one consultations and offers funding to food processors to implement GMP and/or HACCP. Funding for this program has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.

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