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Canada's Egg Sector to Benefit from a National Quality Assurance System

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.

Quick Facts


--  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.

Quotes

"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

Associated Links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriMarketing Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Egg Farmers of Canada

Contacts:
Jeff English
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613-773-1059

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