Welcome to the Alberta HACCP Advantage (AHA!) Home Page
All About Food Safety
Alberta HACCP Advantage (AHA!) is a voluntary program established by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD), in cooperation with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. AHA! is a food safety program that has resources to assist processors in developing, improving and implementing a food safety system to meet the requirements of their current customers and may also help gain new customers. AHA! was developed to complement current food safety regulations, and to facilitate consistent program development within the processing industry.
Please note the AHA! Program is being phased out and will no longer provide new HACCP certifications after December 31, 2013. The Program resources are still available to assist in implementing food safety systems: good manufacturing practices and HACCP plans.
The goal of the Alberta HACCP Advantage (AHA!) program is to assist processors in implementing a complete and effective food safety program. An effective food safety program identifies hazards and measures to prevent, eliminate or reduce hazards during the processing and production of food. It is an outcome based approach, which provides flexibility during implementation, regardless of your operation.
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Click here to learn more about other science based systems and processes in place to ensure food safety in Alberta, including traceability, biosecurity initiatives, and much more.
|Top 5 Reasons to Develop and Implement a Food Safety Program
Other Important Reasons
- Increased food safety
- Increased customer confidence in food safety
- Meeting and exceeding customer requirements
- Best practices by staff constantly reinforced
- Reduced waste (operational, recalls)
- Maintain or improve market access
- Ongoing efficient systems management
- After implementation, reduced staff training and re-training
- Feedback for continuous improvement
- Improved product quality and consistency
- Reduced liability, possilby reduced liability premiums
- To develop and package information that promotes the safety of food products in AB.
- To encourage/assist the food industry (food producers and processors) to develop and implement food safety process control systems.
We want to hear what you have to say about our programs. Click here to find a food safety specialist in your area. To provide comments, feedback or ask questions, call 780-415-4513 (to be connected toll free call 310-0000), or email the AHA! team email@example.com
Selecting a Qualified Food Safety Consultant
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Food and Health Unit - ARD's Food and Health Unit is an amalgamation of skills, talents and passion for healthy food production and marketing. Unit projects connect the agriculture and food industry with health in response to increasing consumer demand for healthy food products. Please take a look at the following website for further information: www.agriculture.alberta.ca/foodandhealth
Five New Training Videos for Food Processors have been posted on-line. With funding through Growing Forward, these videos focus on the techniques for use in food processing operations essential in monitoring food safety and quality parameters.
Quick Facts Processed Meat Products is a quick facts reference of commonly processed meats, critical limits and necessary hurdles to the production of safe foods.
Tools and Resources
Growing Forward Funding
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AHA! HACCP certified facilities
- Click here to view a list of certified facilities.
|Food Safety Links|
- Alberta Food Processors Association
- Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
- Food Regulatory Issues Division: Regulatory requirements for health claims, novel foods, natural health products, marketing claims, vitamins and minerals, ingredients, additives, fibre and nutrition labeling, as well as advice and mentoring.
- BC Small Scale Food Processors Association
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- Food Processing HR Council
- Food Safety Magazine
- Leduc Food Processing Development Centre
- Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI)
- Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
- The Lean Journey: an online resource specificially for the food processing industry to learn about continuous imporvment through lean thinking principles and tools.
- USDA Bad Bug Book
- United States: Export Link - For more information on the Food Safety Modernization Act, please contact Wanda Aubee at 780-415-4522.