November 7, 2011

Canadian Government Funds Canadian Kosher Food Safety Initiative

Montreal… The Jewish Community Council of Montreal received a grant from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to launch a Canadian food safety initiative that includes the digitalization of food ingredients and audits of food processes.
“At a time when Canadians are increasingly concerned about food safety, this project strives to establish the kosher brand as a mark of quality and food safety,” explained Rabbi Saul Emanuel, Executive Director, Jewish Community Council of Montreal. “Through this project we, along with our partners across Canada, will be working with manufacturers and food retailers to build on this solid foundation to the benefit of Canadians wherever they live and whatever their religious beliefs. In so doing, we will be complementing the work of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which already applies the strictest standards to our food supply, and giving Canadians even more reason to have confidence in the safety and healthfulness of the food that reaches their tables.”A secondary benefit of the initiative is increased access for the Canadian food sector to a growing international market. The Jewish Community Council of Montreal will be collaborating with other Canadian certifying agencies including British Columbia Kosher, Badatz Toronto, and the Ottawa Vaad Hakashrut, as well as Medina Quality Assurance Services and Food with a Conscience on the implementation of the Food Safety Initiative.