ValueMaximum of $60,000
Producer – Food Safety and Traceability System Improvements is to support food safety and traceability system development, implementation, or improvements through writing systems to a recognized standard, equipment purchases, facility upgrades, validation studies as well as initial food safety certification to recognized/international standards.
- Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption.
- Must demonstrate a direct link between all project activities and the development or improvement of a written food safety or traceability system, or practice development or improvement.
- Livestock (except for dairy production) and poultry operations are not eligible to apply.
- In-kind time or costs from a qualified third party to develop or update written policies, procedures, schedules and records related to:
- Personnel and handling (worker practices)
- Cleaning and sanitizing
- Water treatment and testing
- Pest control
- Preventative maintenance and calibration
- Facility interior and exterior (e.g., facility environment)
- Shipping and receiving
- Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) or Preventative Control Plan (PCP)
- Product recall
- Traceability (ability to trace product and/or attributes through the facility and/or supply chain)
- Process controls
- Other food safety and traceability practices
- Third-party costs for a qualified individual to develop or perform validation studies. Examples include:
- Validation of control measures outlined in HACCP plans or CCPs
- Validation of cleaning, sanitizing and water treatment
- Validation of food safety process control measures (e.g., ozone interventions)
- Shelf life studies
- Cost of acquiring scientific and technical documentation to demonstrate that the control measures can control the identified hazard to a specified outcome. Examples include scientific journal articles or other published scientific literature, Health Canada guidelines, processing authority documents, instructions, or research, written information from industry experts or consultants, university extension publications
- In-plant studies, research or evaluation of historical data
- Testing performed by an accredited laboratory to obtain validation results
- Equipment and associated training by the manufacturer/ supplier on the specific equipment to support the implementation of written food safety and traceability systems
- Costs related to supporting or managing information sharing networks (e.g., cloud-based subscription costs), to a maximum of 12 months
- Initial GS1 Canada costs, limited to one-time company Prefix Licence expense, initial activation and one-time annual fee with national product registry (does not include initial individual product registrations)
- Barcoding systems and automated product identification systems
- Capital costs (building or production site upgrades) to support implementation of written food safety and traceability systems
- First-time certification audit from an internationally or nationally recognized program or scheme (e.g., GFSI)