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“This is a make-or-break time for the industry, and we re-affirm our commitment to it,” says Nico Human, CEO of the BC Food Processors’ Association (BCFPA), after wrapping up a two-day conference March 5-6 for BC meat processors at the South Thompson Inn near Kamloops. Processors at the conference agreed to form an advisory committee to work more closely with the BCFPA, and the group identified two priorities for immediate and concerted action.
The Bureau of Chemical Safety would like to advise you of the following update(s) to the "Food Additives" section of Health Canada website: The Bureau of Chemical Safety, in Health Canada’s Food Directorate, has completed its "Policy for Differentiating Food Additives and Processing Aids".
Felix Schellenberg lifts a cement manhole cover revealing a cylindrical depression in an expansive cement floor. Around him is a construction zone. Ten craftsmen are in the midst of erecting a massive post and beam structure — a state-of-the-art slaughtering facility at Redstone in the Central Chilcotin. It will be an abattoir known as Chilcotin Harvest Ltd. in the heart of cattle country, 150 kilometres west of Williams Lake.
The provincial government has expanded a two-year, foreign worker pilot project under its Provincial Nominee Program to address labour shortages in the food processing industries, announced Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.
Government is now providing additional support for small operators applying for Class C licenses in isolated communities that do not have access to licensed slaughter capacity. New applicants who meet these criteria can now qualify for a Class C license immediately, and will have until December 31, 2009 to submit their construction plans. A second update to the regulation provides support to those who have already made significant investments in becoming fully licensed, by providing a 100-kilometre protective zone around fully-licensed plants.