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Food Safety

Committee Chair - Jon Zwiers

Members - Mike DeJong, Tim Townsend

Mandate - To improve and help interpret communication lines between industry members and governing forces with regards to food safety policy. 



Notice from Alberta Beekeepers Food Safety Committee

At the 2010 Alberta Beekeepers AGM, two motions were made and passed in regards to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) establishment registration & inspection processes, to address any related problems or issues for producers.


The ABC Food Safety Committee is requesting that all producers forward their written comments to the Alberta Beekeepers Commission office at  Producers are asked to include any comments, whether good, bad, confused, etc., on either of the following issues…


  • My establishment is not registered with CFIA, and I have not been seeking registration with CFIA because…
  • My establishment is registered with CFIA, and I have the following comments in regards to the CFIA inspection process...

Producers need to forward any written comments to the ABC office prior to April 1st, 2011.  This will ensure that the Food Safety Committee can follow up on any producer’s comments, quickly rectify any relevant issues/problems with CFIA and report back to the membership.


Any producer who may be seeking to register their facilities with CFIA, are encouraged by the ABC Food Safety Committee to contact Connie Zagrosh with CFIA.  Recently at the IPM meeting in February, Connie Zagrosh and Sam Barlin provided members in attendance with a valuable presentation titled ‘Back to Basics – 3R’s – Regulation, Registration, Responsibility.’  This presentation is available for members to download at the ABC’s website at, and will assist producers with a step by step understanding of how the registration and inspection processes work.  Members are also reminded that they may also download food safety programs and templates on the ABC’s website, to assist in developing their own written food safety programs.


CFIA/FSEP Written Program Templates for honey producers



Export Protocols for honey exported from Alberta to Japan