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Growing Forward 2 food safety initiative announcement

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Ron Kostyshyn (right) and Selkirk-Interlake MP James Bezan speak at a press conference Wednesday morning at Winnipeg Old Country Sausage factory on Dufferin Ave.
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Ron Kostyshyn speaks at the press conference.
Selkirk-Interlake MP James Bezan listens to a question at a press conference Wednesday.
The joint government plan, called Growing Forward 2, is the evolution of the existing food-safety awareness program in the province.
There are two components to the program, addressing the safety of food produced on farms (beef, pork and canola, for example) and at food-processing and distribution levels.
Financial assistance will be available to both sectors, in areas such as food storage and equipment sanitation, biosecurity, and plant and animal health.
Measures track production chain and welfare of animals. There is a checklist of where the food originated and how it was collected at the farm level as well as a list of the different transportation channels, from the production facility to the retail shelves.
Growing Forward 2 will initially spend over $2-million through next year for preventative food safety programs, biosecurity programming based on the Canadian Swine Health Board standards and support for the Verified Beef Production program in Manitoba.
Tory Selkirk-Interlake MP James Bezan said farms and the food industry in Manitoba generate more than $9 billion annually, with exports approaching $4 billion.
Safety in food production in Canada has been under the microscope following the E. coli outbreak in beef products at XL Food’s plant in Brooks, Alta. 13 months ago.
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Ron Kostyshyn (right) and Selkirk-Interlake MP James Bezan speak at a press conference Wednesday morning at Winnipeg Old Country Sausage factory on Dufferin Ave. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Ron Kostyshyn speaks at the press conference. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Selkirk-Interlake MP James Bezan listens to a question at a press conference Wednesday. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
The joint government plan, called Growing Forward 2, is the evolution of the existing food-safety awareness program in the province. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
There are two components to the program, addressing the safety of food produced on farms (beef, pork and canola, for example) and at food-processing and distribution levels. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Financial assistance will be available to both sectors, in areas such as food storage and equipment sanitation, biosecurity, and plant and animal health. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Measures track production chain and welfare of animals. There is a checklist of where the food originated and how it was collected at the farm level as well as a list of the different transportation channels, from the production facility to the retail shelves. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Growing Forward 2 will initially spend over $2-million through next year for preventative food safety programs, biosecurity programming based on the Canadian Swine Health Board standards and support for the Verified Beef Production program in Manitoba. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Tory Selkirk-Interlake MP James Bezan said farms and the food industry in Manitoba generate more than $9 billion annually, with exports approaching $4 billion. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Safety in food production in Canada has been under the microscope following the E. coli outbreak in beef products at XL Food’s plant in Brooks, Alta. 13 months ago. - Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

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