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Contributing to Safe Food Production in Canada and Around the World

October 16, 2020

Contributing to Safe Food Production in Canada and Around the World

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SCC helps Canadian businesses ensure food safety from farm to fork through renowned standards.

SCC’s accreditation programs ensure businesses can expand internationally and enhances their competitiveness by assuring the public that Canada’s food products and services adhere to governments’ safety requirements and industry standards across the globe.

Food production businesses have been producing food sourced worldwide for many years; supply chains are now significantly more complex in terms of the speed, scale, depth, and breadth of global interactions. The pandemic has brought to light the importance of a country’s supply chain and Canadians have come to rely on the quality of our supply chain through accreditation offered by SCC.

Benefits of Accreditation

SCC-accredited laboratories and certification bodies ensure that Canada stays competitive through:

  • Industry recognition
  • Sustainability of production and processes
  • Clearly documented processes & procedures
  • Continuously improved systems to ensure high customer satisfaction

By the numbers

Ninety-eight laboratories across Canada are currently accredited in partnership with the food sector regulator Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and SCC, under the internationally recognized ISO/IEC 17025:2017. These laboratories are accredited with CFIA-approved assessors’ and use CFIA- approved methods for regulatory purposes.

At SCC we also offer customers access to the Food Safety Management Systems program, ISO 22000. ISO 22000 falls under our MSAP program (ISO 17021-1) one of the many programs we have available at SCC.

SCC oversees Canadian participation in over 450 international committees related to food and agriculture

We help Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) develop standards that meet industry, government, and consumers’ needs. We work with CFIA, United Nations, ISO, through challenging times, such as this current pandemic, to implement new standards in the ever-changing food industry.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has over 1600 standards for the food production sector to create confidence in food products, improve agricultural methods and promote sustainable and ethical purchasing. ISO also covers many other areas, including nutritional and safety testing, quality, packaging, and traceability. SCC offers ISO courses, training, and accreditation to certification bodies to help Canadian food businesses get certified. To learn more about accreditation, please visit our accreditation page.

Reference: How Accreditation Delivers a Safer World – Dr. Primal Silva