It has been a while since I wrote a diary. Life has been in a love-hate relationship. I began my life in Vancouver, a much different one, that I love one part of my life and hated another part of my life. However, I am really looking forward to July, when the snow melts and I am finally getting back to the mountains regularly.
I took on too much commitments to learn different things in life -whether it is about working and communicating with others, food safety and the relevant business aspect, or to have more life skills such as driving, swimming, photography and photo editing. It is a new beginning.
Life isn't as pleasant as I hope it is but I am glad that I am able to use my food safety skill somehow. The Canadian Safe Food Regulations just came out last Wednesday and will be in full effect next Jan 2019. It is not clear as in how much the regulations affects the current food business that imports/exports plus perform inter-provincial transactions. In addition, it eliminates the requirement to trace back to the consumers, only the need to be able to traceback to the suppliers.
Current GFSI requirements are able to meet the traceability requirement plus installing some preventative measure in the food safety system. What remains unclear are the need for an additional CSFR license for export-import and interprovincial transfer, which serve as a hurdle in the supply chain management.
Let's just hope that it is just documentation based, similar to the US requirement for declaration of food ingredients/ products into the US called Prior Notice. Again, for an exporter or importer, it may just mean lots of documentation, which may be automated with our current technology advancement. I am really looking forward for better food safety commitment for safer food.
Felicia Loo is a food science graduate from UBC. With an interest in food marketing, she explores how food products are created, marketed, and distributed toward an end users. Blogging about food became a must when she encounters interesting ideas about food products. She seeks for ideas and opportunities to work together.