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CFIA: New Federal Food Safety Requirements Now in Force For Fresh Fruits or Vegetables

OTTAWA – New requirements of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are now in force for most businesses in the fresh fruits or vegetables (FFV) sector that import, export or engage in interprovincial trade. The SFCR make Canada’s food system even safer by focussing on prevention and allowing...

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B.C. preps packaging changes that could include ban on plastic bags

Move intended to create provincewide plan following the differing actions of major cities like Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria VICTORIA — The B.C. government is preparing to introduce new bans on single-use plastic products, like grocery bags, as well as boosted options for recycling. The changes will be introduced within...

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Plant-growers unnerved by erratic winter weather near Victoria, B.C

Plants blooming early after mild December on South Vancouver Island Ryan Vantreight says he doesn’t know when his seven million daffodils will bloom these days, given that weather patterns over the winter months in Greater Victoria have become so unreliable. Longview Farms in Saanichton, B.C., is a large organic fruit, vegetable and...

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Salmon farmers propel B.C. to a banner year for agriculture

Consistently ranked as the 4th largest farmed Atlantic salmon producer in the world, farmed salmon continues to be B.C.’s most valuable seafood export By SeaWestNews Salmon farmers in British Columbia exported $541 million worth of Atlantic salmon contributing to a record-setting year for agriculture in the province in 2018,...

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Fresh produce industry identifies way forward for plastics

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has released a technical report providing a landscape review of plastics in the Canadian fresh produce sector based on the work of its Plastics Working Group. According to the report, “The majority of problematic plastics identified by governments and NGOs have little correlation to plastic...

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B.C. food and beverage industries hit record year with $15 billion in revenue in 2018

It was a very good year, to say the least. The B.C. food industry has reported a record year for sales in 2018. Annual revenue from B.C. farming, ranching, seafood, and processing industries contributed to an all-time high of $15 billion, according to a B.C. government announcement today (December...

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