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Industry Trends – New Testing Safeguards for Federal Meat Plants

Federally-registered meat plants will have plans in place that anticipate where contamination may occur.

As of July 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) implemented additional safeguards at federally-registered meat plants as part of the Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan.

The Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan aims to improve food safety in all Canadian manufacturing facilities. In order to accomplish this goal, CFIA will look to build tighter food safety regulations, ensuring more effective inspections take place while providing more information to consumers.

Currently, all federally-registered meat plants must have preventative plans in place that anticipate where contamination may occur and outline control measures to address specific risks.

Some of the new requirements that will help strengthen these measures include:

  • Developing a protocol outlining how they will review and respond to trends in their E. coli 0157:H7 test results.
  • Plants that make ground beef or beef patties will also be required to conduct additional bacteria testing. When the testing indicates bacteria are above acceptable levels, plants will need to take action to ensure the continued safety of the product.
  • During food safety investigations, plants will now be required to provide production and distribution information, when requested by the CFIA.

Although food processors are responsible to meet Canada’s federal food safety rules and regulations, equipment suppliers must also be proactive and understand the food safety risks associated with their process and operation.

At Tri-Mach Group Inc., our Ever-Kleen® Conveyor Systems are built with food safety in mind, follow AMI & CFIA sanitation guidelines and are supplied with documentation of compliance.

Learn more at: www.inspection.gc.ca

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