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  • 11 Jun 2017 11:05 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Hello fellow members,

    I am pleased to share with you great news from our organization!

    The British Columbia Food Protection Association have been selected to receive the 2017 Affiliate Education Award! Through the development and implementation of both a Spring and Fall Workshop (in 2016), we were able to attract a significant number of participants to educate them in current relevant matters in food safety.

    Justin Falardeau, BCFPA Vice President, will attend the Affiliate Council Meeting in Tampa, Florida on Sunday July 9, 2017, to accept the award which consists of a mounted certificate.

    I would like to thank all our members for your continuous support for the organization and all our volunteers and executives who have taken their free time to organize these successful events!

    I hope to see you at our next event in the Fall.

    Best Regards,

    Stephanie Nadya
    BCFPA President, 2017


    To register and attend the IAFP Annual Meeting: https://www.foodprotection.org/annualmeeting/

  • 11 Jun 2017 10:28 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    3M Food Safety Symposium - June 23, 2017

    Featuring:
    Ken Davenport, Ph.D., MBA
    Product Development Manager
    3M Food Safety Department

    Title of presentation: Preventing food safety failures - a multi-pronged approach to controlling raw materials, process, and the environment

    Topics to be covered:
    Preventing food safety failures - a multi-pronged approach to controlling raw materials, process, and the environment in which the product is made. Over the last few years, the control of the environment has become increasingly important as evidenced by numerous foodborne illnesses linked to failures in sanitation, repairs, and control of the food manufacturing environment. Environmental monitoring has emerged as one of the most important tools in preventing foodborne illnesses, but good actionable training on how to design an effective Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) has been lacking. This seminar will reinforce the importance of EMPs and provide some practical guidelines on how to establish and maintain an effective EMP.

    Speaker bio:
    Currently the Product Development Manager for the 3M Food Safety division in St. Paul, Minnesota, MN, and a highly praised expert in the industry, Dr.Ken Davenport has had a vast career in Biology and Food Safety. After obtaining his B.A in Chemistry and Biology from Spring Arbor University, Dr. Ken Davenport decided to further his education and obtained a MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from Rice University. Proceeding his educational accomplishments, Ken developed a strong career throughout the years, by fulfilling major roles such as Director of R&D at Quality Bioresources as well as Former Vice President of Technical Services at Biotrace International. Upon the acquisition of Biotrace By 3M In 2006, Dr. Davenport joined the 3M Food Safety Global Technical Support team, where he was able to further develop this division with his expertise and valuable knowledge obtained throughout his career.

    REGISTER TODAY
    https://engage.3m.com/symposium2017

    Event Details:
    3MSM Health Care Academy – Food Safety Symposium
    Refreshments will be provided

    Where:
    Burnaby
    Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre
    4331 Dominion St,
    Burnaby BC V5G 1C7
       
    When:
    June 23rd 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Presentations start at 9 a.m.

  • 01 Jun 2017 9:30 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    CIPHI 2017 Annual Education Conference

    Date: November 5-7, 2017

    Location: Richmond, BC

    Call for Abstracts

    Do you have ideas to share about current and emerging environmental public health issues? An innovative way to safeguard public health? Submit your abstract today
    and connect with environmental public health professionals from all across Canada!

    DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: June 9, 2017

    http://ciphi2017.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/CIPHI-AEC-2017-abstract-submission-form.pdf

    Registration open: https://ciphi2017annualeducationconference.eventsmart.com/events/ciphi-2017-annual-education-conference/

    Share your educational content on topics related to:

    Air Quality
    Built Environment
    Communicable Disease & Infection Control
    Drinking Water
    Emergency Preparedness & Response
    Food Safety
    Indigenous Populations
    Personal Services
    Pest Management
    Recreational Water

    For more information about the conference:

    Visit our website: http://ciphi2017.ca/

    We will be contacting selected speakers by email by June 23, 2017

  • 05 May 2017 11:19 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)
    Produce Safety Alliance Integrated Grower and Train-the-Trainer Course - Aurora, Oregon

    Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 8:00 AM

    Location: North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon State University (15210 Northeast Miley Road, Aurora, OR, 97002)

    This is the integrated produce safety training for growers and trainers (official FSMA Produce Safety rule curriculum recognized by FDA) on June 8-9 in Aurora, Oregon. Please share to your colleagues and friends who might be interested.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/produce-safety-alliance-integrated-grower-and-train-the-trainer-course-aurora-or-registration-34125190363?aff=eiosprexshremail&ref=eiosprexshremail
  • 03 May 2017 10:34 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Our newsletter, The Grapevine, is now out! Spring edition, Vol 4, Issue 12.

    Our newsletter is available here: https://bcfoodprotection.wildapricot.org/resources/Newsletters/BCFPA%20Newsletter%20Vol%204%20Issue%2012%20Apr%2030%202017%20v1.pdf

  • 27 Apr 2017 10:13 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    BCFPA Spring Speaker's Evening: Sanitation and Biofilm Challenges in the Food Industry - A Chemical Company’s Perspective

    May 31, 2017

    Featured Speakers: Brian March & Benoît Gagnon

    Event generously sponsored by Sani Marc

    Location: Langara Clubhouse (6706 Alberta Street, Vancouver, BC Complimentary Parking Available)

    Visit our website to register and for more information www.bcfoodprotection.ca

    Register by May 15th to take advantage of our early bird rate!

    Register here: http://www.bcfoodprotection.ca/event-2538000

    5:00-5:30 PM Registration
    5:30-6:15 PM Welcome Remarks & First Speaker: Benoît Gagnon on "Food Safety - A Chemical Company’s Perspective"
    6:15-6:45 PM Nutrition Break 6:45-7:30 PM Second Speaker: Brian March on "Biofilm in Food Production Environments"
    7:30-7:45 PM Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

    Poster here

    Speaker bios and topic abstracts here

  • 09 Apr 2017 9:50 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)
    Hi everyone,

    Bruker is organizing a free, one-day exploration into the latest advances in high resolution mass spectrometry instrumentation designed to help you be successful in the lab.

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    9:30 am - 3:15 pm
    Holiday Inn Vancouver - Centre, 711 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

    To register, you can click here: http://tinyurl.com/l25ub37
  • 12 Mar 2017 10:04 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Dear Stakeholder,

    On October 24, 2016, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, launched the Healthy Eating Strategy for Canada. One of the intended outcomes of the Healthy Eating Strategy is to help make the healthier food choice, the easier choice. In order to help achieve this, final amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations – Nutrition Labelling, Other Labelling Provisions and Food Colours were published in Canada Gazette, Part II on December 14, 2016.

    We would like to invite you to a webinar, presented by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and hosted by Ipsos. The webinar will provide you with an overview of the recent food labelling changes and compliance and enforcement activities (including information on the transition period) and offer you an opportunity to seek clarification on these changes.

    English webinar registration:
    Thursday March 30 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
    http://ipsospasurveys.com/s/sc-hc/webinaire/langeng/

    Due to the large audience, audio interaction will not be possible; however, questions may be submitted through the webinar platform for the Question and Answer session at the end of the webinar. Please confirm your participation before March 27th by registering at: http://ipsospasurveys.com/s/sc-hc/webinaire/langeng/
    . Feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues who may be interested.

    For any technical questions related to this invitation please contact Consultations@ipsos.com.

    Best regards,

    Bureau of Nutritional Sciences
    Food Directorate
    Health Canada

  • 06 Feb 2017 10:04 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    The ISGA conference is being held in Victoria, British Columbia April 24-28, 2017.

    http://www.isga-sprouts.org

    The course will run from the afternoon of April 27th to the afternoon of April 29th 2017.
     
    Course overview:
    This is a 2.5 day course that is mandatory for US sprout growers.
     
    Course Description:
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of certain produce grown for human consumption.  Unless specifically exempt or excluded, sprout growing operations are subject to the Produce Safety Rule including the sprout-specific requirements in subpart M. This two and a half day Sprouter Training Course developed by the Sprout Safety Alliance (SSA) is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for training under the Produce Safety Rule- "at least one supervisor or responsible party for each sprout operation must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the FDA".  Also it is helpful in understanding and implementing the Produce Safety Rule requirements and best practices for enhancing sprout safety.

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