Food News, August 2016

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Live the Smart Way Expo
September 17-18, 2016 - Edmonton, AB
October 1-2, 2016 – Calgary, AB
If you are a health and wellness focused food or beverage business, this conference may interest you as it will focus on healthy eating, fitness and green sustainable living. The target audience is young adults to seniors (25-54 years) core target market. If your company is interested in speaking at or exhibiting at the expo in Edmonton or Calgary, please contact Kathy Smart at

Human Resources Collaborative Session
September 22, 2016 - Red Deer, AB
Time: 1:30 - 4 PM
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Workforce Development Initiative is hosting its third Human Resources (HR) Collaborative Session on September 22nd. These sessions enable HR professionals in the food processing sector to discuss HR practices, challenges and potential solutions in a collaborative setting. The event will also feature a presentation from an expert HR consultant speaking to employee commitment and engagement. Contact Scott Dundas at 403-556-4245 or Gerard Bos at 780-980-4222 for more information.

5th Annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2016
November 28-29, 2016 – Toronto
The Conference Board’s Centre for Food in Canada (CFIC) invites you to join us at the 5th annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2016, a two-day event to explore the future of Canada’s food sector, and leverage new opportunities to enhance the food sector’s performance—both provincially and globally.
The summit will focus on how collectively, as well as individually, we can make the most of our plentiful opportunities in the sector while enhancing healthy food and diets; improving food safety and industry prosperity; sustaining the environment; and addressing the challenges of household food security, the five themes of the Canadian Food Strategy.
For more information, agenda  and registration, visit 5th Annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2016 webpage.

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Private Label Manufacturers Association Tradeshow
 November 13-15, 2016Rosemont (Chicago)
Alberta food companies are invited to participate in an in-market program for companies interested in exhibiting or attending the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) trade show. It is the largest and most vibrant marketplace devoted to store brands. The show attracts buyers from all types of channels including: supermarkets, discounters, importers.
The mission includes a walking program, access to the PLMA Trade Show Canadian Buyers’ Meeting Area as well as assistance in identifying and arranging potential one-on-one meetings with US buyers.
There is no fee to participate in the program; however, companies are responsible for paying all their own travel expenses and product shipping costs.

The application deadline is September 9, 2016. For more information, contact Dusan Rnjak, at 780-638-3851 or visit PLMA website.

Regulatory Updates

Health Canada's Summary Assessment on EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) , EPA (Docasahexaenoic Acid) and Triglyceride Lowering Health Claims
Health Canada has recently published a "Summary of Health Canada's Assessment of a Health Claim about Eicosapentaenoic Acid, Docasahexaenoic Acid and Triglyceride Lowering". This document, describes the scientific evidence supporting the Food Directorate's conclusion and specifies the manner in which the two omega-3 fatty acids health claims can be made. Example: "85 g (1/2 cup) of canned pink salmon supplies 40% of the daily amount of omega-3 EPA and DHA shown to help lower triglycerides”. It also specifies additional optional statements permitted to be made, the conditions that must be met from labelling, advertising and food composition perspectives in order to allow for such claims.

United States GM Labelling Legislation
On July 29, 2016, the Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labelling bill, officially known as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (S. 764). was signed into law. The law requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop, within two years, regulations in order to clearly define and enforce the requirements outlined in the bill. The law and regulations will apply to both domestic and foreign-produced goods.
This law creates a national mandatory system in which food makers must disclose GMO data using: on-package text; a USDA-created symbol; or an internet link (e.g., QR code) directing consumers to more information. The law immediately pre-empts state llabelling initiatives, including Vermont's law which came into effect on July 1, 2016.

The Government of Canada (GoC) will continue to follow the development of regulations by the USDA closely. While the potential impact on Canadian exports to the U.S. will not be fully known until draft regulations are published by the USDA, the GoC is seeking stakeholders' views on the law and areas of potential concern.
GoC invite you to share your views regarding the U.S. GM labelling law through the account.

Your views will help to inform the GoC as we engage with our U.S.‎ counterparts regarding the rule-making process to ensure Canadian imports do not have additional regulatory burdens in comparison to U.S. products adhering to the same regulations.

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Alberta Food Processors Association (AFPA)

Food Safety and Quality Training

In partnership with NSF-GFTC
HACCP for Manufacturing Food Packaging Material - September 19-20, Calgary
HACCP Refresher Training - Sept 21 Calgary
HACCP for Warehousing & Distributing Operations – September 22-23, Calgary
Added by special request– FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food September 26-28, Edmonton (2.5 days)
Implementing SQF Systems - October 17-18, Calgary
Internal Auditor SQF -October 19, Calgary
Shelf Life Determination - October 20, Calgary
Food Packaging Workshop: material, performance and applications- October 21, Calgary
HACCP I and HACCP II - October 26-30, Edmonton

In partnership with Food Safety Solutions & BRC
BRC Global Standard Issue 7 Understanding the Requirements - September 28-29 - NOW moved to Calgary
For registration or list of other upcoming courses, email or phone 403-201-3657, ext. 21.

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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
(Dial 310-0000 for toll-free access)
Alberta-Ag-Info Centre 310-FARM
Crop Research and Extension Section – 780-643-6249
Livestock and Farm Business Section - 403-968-6556
Local/Domestic Market Expansion Section - 780-968-3553
Processing Industry & Workforce Development Section - 403-340-7625

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