Eolfc 2013 food inspection branch omaf mra milk - regulation considerations in local food processing


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The Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference (EOLFC 2013) provided a great opportunity to share information, learn about success stories and gather information on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices. The conference was organized by KEDCO (Kingston Economic Development Corporation) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs. The theme of the conference was Innovation Driving Local Food and it was held December 3, 2013 at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Presentation notes - Food inspection branch OMAF and MRA milk - regulation considerations in local food processing.

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Eolfc 2013 food inspection branch omaf mra milk - regulation considerations in local food processing

  1. 1. Provincial Dairy Food Safety Program Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference Food Inspection Branch Food Safety and Environment Division Ministry of Agriculture and Food Ministry of Rural Affairs December 3, 2013
  2. 2. Overview • • • • A few statistics Roles and responsibilities Role of public health units Steps to becoming licensed 2
  3. 3. A Few Statistics Regulated under the Milk Act 3,996 cow milk producers 2.5 billion litres per year 228 goat milk producers 35 million litres per year 127 provincially licensed dairy plants 3
  4. 4. A Few Statistics Not regulated under the Milk Act Approximately 80 sheep milk producers and three million litres per year 4
  5. 5. Roles and Responsibilities The Dairy Food Safety Program covers producer, processor and distributor levels
  6. 6. The Milk Act Production, processing, distribution and packaging of safe, high quality cow and goat milk and milk products in Ontario Who does what: OMAF • Responsible for administration and enforcement of quality and safety of milk and milk products Farm Products Marketing Commission • Responsible for Ontario’s regulated marketing system • Supervision of marketing boards including Dairy Farmers of Ontario Dairy Farmers of Ontario Delegated authority for administration of: • on-farm cow milk inspection & raw milk quality • marketing plan responsible for the production and marketing, including quota (quantity) 6
  7. 7. Roles and Responsibilities Dairy producer level: Inspecting and testing for raw milk quality  Cow milk: program administered by Dairy Farmers of Ontario with OMAF oversight  Goat milk: program administered by OMAF Includes:  Inspection of farms  Training, certification and monitoring of milk transporters (drivers)  Inspection of tank trucks (used to collect and transport milk from farms to processors)  Testing of raw milk – one regulatory sample tested per producer each month for: • bacteria content • somatic cell count • abnormal freezing point – OMAF conducts regulatory testing for antibiotic residues and industry tests truck loads prior to unloading raw milk at plants 7
  8. 8. Roles and Responsibilities Dairy processor level: Licensing and inspection All dairy plants processing cow or goat milk must be licensed by OMAF (licences renewed annually in April)   Licensing is based on compliance with regulatory requirements Requirements focus on food safety - regardless of plant size All dairy plants receive an annual in-depth inspection and must receive a satisfactory rating to remain licensed  Inspections are currently performed by: – OMAF in non-federally registered plants (40) – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in federally registered plants (87) 8
  9. 9. Roles and Responsibilities Dairy processor level: Finished product and environmental testing OMAF conducts finished product and environmental sampling in plants  Finished product samples are analyzed for microbial levels to verify proper pasteurization and food safety  Environmental samples are analyzed for Listeria monocytogenes to verify sanitary manufacturing conditions and to demonstrate adherence to Health Canada’s “Listeria Policy” for ready-to-eat foods  Fluid milk samples are analyzed to verify compliance with compositional standards under the Milk Act 9
  10. 10. Roles and Responsibilities Distributor Level: Fluid milk distribution licensing – vehicles and depots OMAF inspects and licenses non-shopkeeper distributors whether they sell or distribute fluid milk products directly or indirectly to consumers 10
  11. 11. Role of Public Health Units • The 36 public health units in Ontario are responsible for the administration of a range of public health programs at the municipal level, under the Food Premises Regulation (Health Protection and Promotion Act) • The role of public health units complements that of OMAF in: – inspecting dairy plants that only process sheep milk products (which are not covered under the Milk Act) – ensuring compliance with sanitary food preparation standards in food premises that are not required to be licensed under the Milk Act (e.g. Dairy Queen, Marble Slab) • The Health Protection and Promotion Act includes regulatory requirements for pasteurization of raw milk 11
  12. 12. Steps to Building and Licensing a Dairy Plant • Obtain an Application for a Permit to Alter & Construct and an application for a licence to operate a dairy plant • Complete applications and send with required documents (e.g. drawings of the facility) to OMAF • If Director decides to proceed with issuing the permit, OMAF provides a 30-day notice to industry for comments • If application is approved, permit is sent to the applicant and construction can begin -- ministry staff are available to provide advice/assistance • Once the dairy plant is constructed, a final inspection is conducted • Following the inspection, the Director makes the decision on whether to issue the licence or not • Once the licence is issued the facility can begin to operate as a dairy plant • The Director’s decision can be appealed to the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal 12
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