Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments have developed a mechanism to provide oversight to industry-developed food safety programs. This two-stage approach is led by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with participation from provincial and territorial governments. The first stage takes a look at the technical requirements of the program. This involves bringing together a team of government experts in food safety to review the generic HACCP models that form the basis of the standard. To ensure that food safety hazards have been appropriately identified, the review proceeds to examine the corresponding manuals to ensure that the food safety hazards identified in the HACCP models have been adequately addressed. The second step in government oversight entails an examination of the effectiveness of the delivery and management of the program. The CanadaGAP program has received full Government Recognition completing all steps in the process.
What is Government Recognition?