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Safe Food Canada and FPHRC team up to produce online course


March 15, 2016
By Laura Aiken


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Toronto – Safe Food Canada is collaborating with the Food Processing Human Resources Council (FPHRC) to develop an introductory online food safety course addressing Preventive Control Plans (PCP). 

The PCP course will be an interactive, online course that will inform food and beverage businesses of the Safe Food for Canadians Act, food safety hazards and preventive controls. Having a written PCP can increase food safety alignment with international standards, particularly among food processing and packing facilities, food importers and exporters as well as those responsible for food safety.

The course has been undergoing user testing in order to generate first-hand feedback and is expected to be generally available this summer. The online course may be of particular interest to smaller and mid-sized food businesses.

“Food safety has a clear impact on the reputation of a business and on how consumers trust those who produce our food,” said Brian Sterling, CEO of Safe Food Canada, in a news release. “Safe Food Canada is committed to modernizing how people learn about food safety and assuring that Canada will continuously improve its global status for highly effective food safety practices. The PCP course is another example of how SFC is successfully partnering to support food safety training.”

The major topics covered in the course are:

·      The Safe Food for Canadians Act.

·      What is the role of government and business operators for food safety?

·      What is the function of inspections in Canada?

·      What is a food safety culture and how do you build it?

·      How can you identify food safety hazards and preventive controls?

·      What are the components of a PCP?

·      How can you prepare your own PCP?

Safe Food Canada is a non-profit organization with a mandate to modernize food safety and food protection education. Visit safefoodcanada.com/news to keep up-to-date on course registration.