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Feds support Canada’s kosher food industry

Food safety the focus for kosher food sector


Montreal, Que. – The federal government is investing in Canada’s kosher food sector with almost $1 million in funding going towards the establishment of stronger food safety measures for kosher-certified foods.

According to the Jewish Community Council of Montreal, kosher foods require a unique set of processing requirements. Consumers are also becoming increasingly interested in these products.

“At a time when Canadians are increasingly concerned about food safety, the kosher brand has become a mark of quality,” says the council’s executive director Rabbi Saul Emanuel. The council will receive up to $763,650 in federal funding to develop HACCP-based kosher food safety standards.

Under the first phase of the project the council worked with food and beverage manufacturers to identify and assess current food safety measures that are unique to the kosher food sector. The second phase will involve developing kosher food safety standards.

Once developed, the voluntary standards will be available for kosher food organizations across Canada.

The investment is being made through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative.