On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program
Our mandatory On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program, or OFFSAP, and Chicken Farmers of Canada’s Animal Care Program are what set out the regulations and guidelines for the care and handling of the birds our farmers raise. There are many factors that go into making these programs work to ensure credibility and compliance. Click here for more information.
OFFSAP emphasizes animal health, cleanliness and safety throughout each step of the production cycle, and follows strict biosecurity measures to protect animal health and prevent flock infections from outside sources. These mandatory rules govern chicken farms from coast to coast and include top-notch requirements for biosecurity, disease prevention, feed and water management and testing, along with all the record keeping necessary to prove that farmers are adhering to the process.
Canadian chicken farms undergo an annual audit for both the Animal Care Program and the On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program.
Chicken Farmers of Canada has undergone a 3rd party audit and has now received full recognition by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for our On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program – the first commodity to do so (March 2013). Chicken Farmers of Canada is the first commodity organization in Canada to achieve this level of government recognition for the effective and consistent implementation of OFFSAP that promotes the production of safe food at the farm level. This achievement reflects the commitment of all chicken farmers to implement and maintain a comprehensive national on-farm food safety assurance program. This success could not have been achieved without the active support and effort of all participants and stakeholders.
We do all of these things to make sure that we are providing Canadians with safe, fresh, high-quality chickens so that they have confidence in the food they are buying for their families.
Safe. Fresh. Well Cared for. That’s Canadian chicken.