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1 The Regulatory Environment for Food Processing in Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Food Summit March, 2011 Chris Smith, Food Safety Specialist

2 History of Food Production Laws Egyptian scrolls - labeling Ancient Athens - beer and wines inspected Romans - control against fraud and bad produce Europe (Middle Ages) - quality and safety of eggs, sausages, cheese, beer, wine, and bread

3 Chemist and doctors tried to alert public of adulteration Frederick C. Accum ( ) Named names of adulterating merchants

4 Food chemistry gains credibility and accuracy to test for “adulteration” First general food laws are adopted and enforced

5 Saskatchewan Acts and Regulations Main regulatory bodies for SK: –Saskatchewan Ministry of Health –Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture –Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority –Agriculture Agri-Food Canada (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) –Health Canada

6 Fruit and Vegetables Farm gate Farmer’s Market Provincial regulations Federally regulations

7 Selling of Food – 4 (1) Subsection 4. (1) FDA states that: "No person shall sell an article of food that: –has in or on it any poisonous or harmful substance; –is unfit for human consumption; –consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, disgusting, rotten, decomposed or diseased animal or vegetable substance; –is adulterated; or –was manufactured, prepared, preserved, packaged or stored under unsanitary conditions"

8 Selling of Food – 5 (1) Subsection 5.(1) of the FDA states that: "No person shall label, package, treat, process, sell or advertise any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety.”

9 Dairy and Dairy Products Category II –Not exceed 25 litres/day cow milk –Not exceed 100 litres/day other milk Category I –Make all dairy products –Market within SK Federally registered –Make all dairy products –Export beyond SK

10 Wines Cottage winery –Up to 5,000 – 45,000 litres/yr production Commercial winery –More than 45,000 litre/yr production

11 Meat and Poultry Farm gate sales –Slaughters own animals –Sells fresh/frozen, ground meat from farm (previous arrangement) SK Health licensed facilities –Slaughters own and others’ animals –Sells fresh/frozen, ground meat, fresh/frozen sausage, hams, bacon, RTE (ready to eat) from business or other SK venues (except in Saskatoon)

12 Provincial license (Domestic Meat Program) –Slaughters own and others’ animals –Sells fresh/frozen, ground meat, fresh/frozen sausage, hams, bacon, RTE (ready to eat) from business or other SK venues that include in Saskatoon Federally registered –Slaughters own and others’ animals –Sells fresh/frozen, ground meat, fresh/frozen sausage, hams, bacon, RTE (ready to eat) up to export market

13 Meat & poultry Dairy and products Shell eggs and egg products Maple syrup Honey Fruit & vegetables Processed fruits & vegetables Fish & seafood Federally registered Export beyond SK

14 Bakery goods Grain & products Sport products Spices Snacks Confection & sugar Edible oils Alcoholic & non-alcoholic Cereals & products Federally registered Non-Federally registered Export beyond SK Meat & poultry Dairy and products Shell eggs and egg products Maple syrup Honey Fruit & vegetables Processed fruits & vegetables Fish & seafood

15 Bakery goods Meat & poultry Dairy and products Shell eggs and egg products Maple syrup Honey Fruit & vegetables Processed fruits & vegetables Fish & seafood Grain & products Sport products Spices Snacks Confection & sugar Edible oils Alcoholic & non-alcoholic Cereals & products Meat, poultry, fish & seafood, diary, f & v, processed f & v, eggs & products, maple syrup, honey No export beyond SK Federally registered Non-Federally registered Export beyond SK

16 Things to Consider Participate in associations/relevant committees –Government often works with these groups in regulations development or consultation –Educate self and membership on requirements Don’t just tell gov’t what’s not working –Offer alternatives/solutions Recognize why regulations are developed –Protect public –Enable commerce

17 Chris Smith Food Safety Specialist, Livestock Branch Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture 3085 Albert Street Regina, SK; S4S 0B


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