Canada’s agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has 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.
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,” said Gerry Ritz, Agriculture Minister.