|By Marketwired .||
|April 29, 2014 01:41 PM EDT||
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/29/14 -- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of over $100,000 to Egg Farmers of Canada to integrate its existing assurance systems into a single system that will be known as the National Quality Code for eggs.
The streamlined National Quality Code program will provide egg producers and graders with an all-in-one certification program that addresses food safety, traceability and animal care. Once implemented, the code could enhance the competitiveness of the poultry sector by strengthening its capacity to make credible and verifiable claims.
-- Egg Farmers of Canada was established in 1972 and represents about 1,000 registered egg producers in all Canadian provinces. -- In 2012, egg farms generated $880 million in total farm cash receipts. -- This investment is being made through the Assurance Systems stream of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC's) AgriMarketing Program, a five-year, up to $341-million initiative under Growing Forward 2. -- This project builds on funding previously provided to Egg Farmers of Canada through AAFC's Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative to develop the Canadian Egg Industry Traceability System.
"Canada's hard-working egg producers help drive our economy while putting world-class products on our kitchen tables. This new quality assurance system will help industry meet growing consumer expectations and will enhance the competitiveness of the industry overall"
- Gerry Ritz, Agriculture Minister
"We are extremely pleased to receive funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the development of a National Quality Code for eggs. Through this project, and in collaboration with our egg boards and supply chain partners, we hope to deepen the preference Canadians already have for Canadian eggs by raising the bar on excellence across the pillars of food safety, traceability and animal care."
- Peter Clarke, Chairman, Egg Farmers of Canada
Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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