Food Safety and Traceability Pre-audit, Gap Assessment, and Planning

Stream: Processor



Who should apply?

Food processors with less than 100 employees that wish to focus on planning activities, pre-audits and gap assessments by a third party against internationally or nationally recognized programs to advance food safety or traceability systems.

To apply you must

  • There are no additional qualifications necessary in order to apply for this Project Category

Eligible activities and expenditures

  • Costs for a pre-audit or gap analysis by a qualified third party (e.g., consultant, auditor or industry expert) to identify opportunities for food safety or traceability improvements in an operation
  • Costs for an assessment of equivalency between food safety programs by a qualified third party (e.g., consultant, auditor or industry expert)
  • Advisory costs related to developing an action plan for future implementation of a food safety or traceability system

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Pre-audits, gap assessments or planning activities not related to traceability or food safety (e.g., gluten-free, halal, organic)
  • Costs to perform first-time or ongoing mock recalls and related improvements to existing recall capabilities
  • Recovery of costs from a voluntary or Canadian Food Inspection Agency recall
  • First-time or subsequent food safety audit costs
  • Writing, development, implementation or audit of a food safety program or traceability system
  • Capital expenses or costs of equipment required to put a food safety or traceability system in place
  • In-kind contributions
  • Travel and meal costs
  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here

Available cost-share

45 per cent, up to a maximum of $4,000

Required documentation

  • Quote or proposal from a third-party organization or consultant, detailing services to be provided, cost and outcomes

Merit assessment criteria

  • Size of the operation (priority given to operations with fewer than 100 employees)
  • Food safety priority (high, medium or low) of the food product
  • Current food safety program certification status to national or international program standards (e.g., Safe Quality Food, British Retail Consortium)
  • Traceability system status
  • Goals or outcomes of the project, how will the information be used in the future

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Edit date: December 13, 2018

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