Workshops and On-Farm Assistance
The BC Blueberry Council aids blueberry growers in preparing for food safety audits.
Within this program, blueberry growers can receive assistance to help them understand and meet the requirements of on-farm food safety audits.
Please note that on-farm visits are not possible during this time, as we wish to respect social distancing guidelines during COVID-19. Please click here for COVID-19 resources for agriculture.
Workshops: Preparing for an On-Farm Food Safety Audit
(with optional Punjabi Translation)
Using CanadaGAP's Fruit and Vegetable Food Safety binder, small groups of 10-25 growers will be walked through the basics of food safety audit requirements; including worker training & hygiene, water testing, pesticide use & safety, and record keeping. The objective is to help growers prepare for a first-time food safety audit. Berry GAP binder provided.
Free On-Farm Consultation
After attending a workshop, eligible growers can request a FREE one-on-one consultation on their farm by a BC Blueberry Council Consultant. The farm visit will provide a snapshot assessment of the farm's food safety strengths and weaknesses in a "Food Safety Assessment Report." This report can be used to help meet the requirements of a formal food safety audit program (eg CanadaGAP, GlobalGAP, or Primuslabs). Consultations are available in either English or Punjabi.
For more information on the above, please contact:
BCBC Food Safety Coordinator