Over 40 companies attended a conference hosted by the MK-Canada's Kosher Certifier, in conjunction with Food with a Conscience and Medina Quality Assurance at the Ritz-Carlton, Montréal on the 5th November 2015.
Ms. Danielle Medina, president of Food with a Conscience described how the MK had taken the initiative and is a trailblazer by being the first Kosher agency to look at the issue of food safety using specialists, such as Medina Quality Assurance, to assist small to medium size companies achieve GFSI acceptance.
The well-known Albert Chambers, executive director of Canadian Supply Chain, Food Safety Coalition, who is well-known to the CFIA and around the world as an International Export on food safety, treated the crowd to a detailed presentation of the latest regulations pertaining to the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act and look towards the future, explaining to companies what they could expect with regards to the exporting and importing of products from across the globe and what would be expected from them from a safety point of view.
Mr. Jeff Hall, director of Quality Assurance of Metro Ontario, spoke from a Buyer's point of view and discussed what the chain stores expect from their manufacturers and private brand producers.
The growth and improvement over the past few years, in companies achieving the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) benchmark standard has gained momentum and will only continue to grow in the years to come.
As per the request of many of our companies and due to popular demand, our next conference will most likely take place in the Ontario region. Canada's Kosher Certifier has taken a giant leap forward by ensuring that the companies who they certify, in conjunction with specialists, can slowly achieve their goal through the Global Special Food 22000 program.