Food safety in processing
Food processing businesses in British Columbia are required to implement formal food safety plans to ensure their products are safe for consumption. This requires specialized expertise, planning and training, to implement good manufacturing practices and build and maintain a strong food safety culture in the processing facility.
Food safety expertise
Optimizing food safety at a food processing facility requires knowledge in food science. Include an expert in the field of food science in your business team of experts and consultants, and ensure they have the experience and knowledge to guide you through product formulation and developing a food safety plan built on evidence-based best practices. Good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and a thorough Hazard Analysis (HA) with a Risk Assessment will guide you to implement Critical Control Points (CCPs) to ensure a safe product for your consumers.
To connect with a certified food safety professional and learn about their credentials, visit the Food Processing Human Resource Council:
Once you have your Food Safety Program planned out it needs to be implemented. Communication and training ensures a strong food safety culture among your staff, to carry out your Food Safety Plan. The following organizations offer training resources and information on skills requirements for the food industry.
- Food Processing Human Resources Council online training
- FoodSafe Processor Certificate
- British Columbia Intitute of Technology (BCIT) Food Technology Diploma and continuing education courses in food processing
- Industry Training Authority (ITA)
Food industry associations also offer food safety training: