NEW! Pesticide Safety Manual for Farm Workers

Pesticide Safety Manual for Farm Workers (OPEP)The Ontario Pesticide Education Program has released a new manual for farm workers.

“If you work on a farm where pesticides are used, you need to know how to work safely around pesticides.  The information in this manual explains how farm workers can work safely on a farm that uses pesticides.”

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Food Safety Session at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

Session Title: Listeria monocytogenes…an Emerging Concern in the Field and Packing Shed
Where: Rm # 206, Scotia Bank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, ON
When: February 23rd, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Come to this information packed session to discover why Listeria monocytogenes is a concern for you. Over the past few years, Listeria monocytogenes has quickly become a significant public health concern. Listeria monocytogenes contamination has been responsible for devastating outbreaks in unlikely produce such as cantaloupes and caramel apples. Continue reading Food Safety Session at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

Tomato Day 2017

District 1 of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers and OMAFRA present…….

The 41st Annual Tomato Day
Thursday, March 2, 2017     8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Countryview Golf Course
25393 St. Clair Rd. (Hwy 40), Dover Centre, ON

Admission: $30 (includes educational program, trade show, hot lunch).
No preregistration required.

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2017 summer job opportunities in Ridgetown with OMAFRA

2017 Horticulture Crop Summer Student Field Research Assistant Positions – Ridgetown

Organization:       Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Position Title:       Summer Student Field Research Assistant (3 positions)

Job Term:            Temporary (3 positions) for 16 – 18 weeks

Location:              Ridgetown, ON

Salary:                  $12.25 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week

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New proposed food safety requirements

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New year. New start.

New proposed food safety requirements.

Does your business import food into Canada, export food to another country, or sell food across provinces?

If you do, or may in the future, read on.

Strong, flexible regulations that focus on prevention will go a long way in helping businesses uphold their reputation, keep customers healthy and loyal, and avoid costly recalls.

The CFIA recently launched a 90-day consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations to better protect the health of Canadians.

What would change?

If you import food or prepare food to be exported or sold across provinces, you would be required to have preventive controls in place and you may need to write them down in a plan. Preventive controls would allow you to identify and manage food safety risks before products are sold to consumers. Strong preventive systems, such as traceability and food safety…

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