Food Safety Advisor, Regulatory

Food Safety Advisor, Regulatory

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is seeking a highly motivated individual with food safety expertise to provide leadership and scientific support in the development of policies for the ministry's Meat Inspection Program.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• provide ongoing technical support to Meat Inspection Program staff related to meat plant food safety and related ministry policies
• provide leadership and scientific input into the development, maintenance and enforcement of food safety regulations and industry guidance
• coordinate research, analysis and communications for meat food safety and animal welfare issues, acting as a regulatory resource specialist to inspection staff and industry organizations on meat production issues
• develop recommendations and present potential impacts and consequences of regulatory amendments and guidance to industry pertaining to the meat processing industry
• participate on multidisciplinary working groups and contribute expertise to assist in the development of regulations, standards, procedures and programs
• prepare and deliver presentations to ministry management, at public meetings or at industry association gatherings

Location: Guelph

How do I qualify?

Knowledge of food safety:

• You have knowledge of the principles and practices of food safety.
• You have knowledge of food safety legislation and related regulations.

Industry knowledge:

• You have knowledge of the meat processing industry.
• You have knowledge of food safety risk management programs and controls.
• You have knowledge of agriculture and food sciences to identify the implications of new or revised food safety standards.
• You have knowledge of labeling requirements for food products.

Communication skills:

• You have oral and written communications skills to explain, document and present complex information in practical terms.
• You have negotiation and collaboration skills to influence industry clients to develop and implement compliance programs.
• You have interpersonal skills to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with industry representatives and other government staff.

Computer skills:

• You are proficient with a variety of computer software applications (e.g. word processing, internet, spreadsheet, database).

Salary Range: $68,536 - $100,994 per year

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 1 Stone Rd W, Guelph, West Region


Please apply online, only, by
Friday, March 10, 2017, by visiting www.ontario.ca/careers and entering Job ID 105212 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/ContactUs.aspx to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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OFPA Golf Tournament & Technical Session 2016

We had a great turnout at the 2016 Golf Tournament.  74 golfers joined us on June 28, 2016 for a beautiful sunny day of golf at Piper's Heath Golf Club in Milton.

Technical Session

The day started with a Technical Session on Top 10 Food Safety Developments That Could Save Your Business! Presented by Iain Wright, B.Sc. Technical Manager, NSF Training and Education Services. pdfsee Iain Wright's bio,  he discussed If the food you produce is safe, your business is safe. In today’s environment it is critical that you identify and understand all food safety threats on the horizon. Only then can you establish the preventive controls that will keep your business safe.

OFPA Golf Tournament Winners

  • Best Score: (-6) Group 1A: Waylon Sharp, Mike Cassidy, Dominic Marner, Jack Trevors (DNF)                                         
  • Most Honest Score: (+7) Group 9A: James Roper, Brian Nickerson
  • Golfer’s Green Closest To Pin Winner: Andrew Sweet
  • Hole 8 – Men’s Closest To The Pin: John Nangle
  • Hole 18 – Men’s Longest Drive: Scott Arnald
  • Hole 16 – Ladies’ Closest To The Pin: Denise Horseman
  • Hole 9 – Ladies’ Longest Drive: Linda Veldhuis
  • Putting Contest: Denise Horseman

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Tournament Sponsors:

  • Platinum-Sealed Air
  • Gold-University of Guelph Lab Services
  • Silver-Continental Ingredients Canada

Hole Sponsors:

  • Sealed Air
  • Abell Pest Control
  • University of Guelph Lab Services
  • Wynford Contract Cleaners
  • Investors Group

Also, thank you to Pillers Fine Foods for the sausage lunch and Pepstix, and Colonial Cookies for the cookies galore at the morning technical session. 

Lastly the tournament had a lot of help for a number of OFPA Board members and volunteers, Thank You, you really made the event turn out great!


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Final Board Meeting for 2015

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The OFPA Board of Directors met on the 15th Dec for the final meeting of 2015. The board has undergone a roller coaster ride in 2015 but has come through stronger for the experience. From left to right; Greg Vallee (outgoing), Keith Warriner (outgoing), Tatiana Koutchma (Website and social media), Shirley Chalouh (Membership), Martha Palomar (Awards), Lynne Fruhner (ougoing), Azadeh Namvar (Executive), Angela Bernoski (scholarship), Katherine Di Tommaso (Vice-President), Andrew Sweet (Membership) and Moustapha Oke (President). Wishing all out members a Happy Holiday and look forward to a productive 2016.

OFPA Food Industry Symposium & AGM 2015

November 5, 2015 - Food safety professionals from academia, government and industry descended upon the Mississauga Convention Centre on for the 57thAnnual Food Industry Symposium and Annual General Meeting. The meeting was again well attended and supported by the membership & guests. The Association again thanks all the sponsors and donators of door prizes for their continued support that makes the meeting possible.

Distinguished SpeakersAndTrainers

Introducing A Bit Of Culture

The theme of this year’s meeting was food safety culture, a concept that is often talked about but no clear direction on how it can be achieved in a real-life setting. Lone Jespersen (Director Food Safety and Operations Learning Maple Leaf Foods) gave a keynote address on how food safety culture was developed following the Listeria outbreak. She entertained the audience with the long journey to establish a food safety culture and what benefits it can bring to an organization. Her presentation was followed by Richard Meldrum (Ryerson University) and Sukhman Grewal (QA Specialist, Pusateri’s Fine Foods) who provided an overview of a Food Safety Culture tool that has been developed by collaboration between Ryerson and Guelph University. The tool can be used to identify the weak points in food safety culture of an organization and how this can be improved.

Regulatory Updates

Rick Wong from NFF-GFTC presented on the “New Proposed Requirements for the Nutrition Facts”.  Health Canada wanted to know if the current requirements on the food labels are effective so they conducted a series of on-line consultation. And they found out that while the current label information in useful, there is room for improvement. Hence the proposed changes to the regulations that govern the information on the labels of all pre-packaged foods sold in Canada. Rick did a great job in walking us through a comparison of the current and proposed labels, pointing out the differences, what’s been added and removed, and what information has been moved to a different area on the label. A lot of detail was covered in his half hour presentation; however you are sure not to miss anything because we have the slides posted on our OFPA website!

Award Winners

Scholarship Presentations – A proud moment for 3 outstanding students who received scholarships from the OFPA and were honoured at this meeting – Jigna Patel from Durham College; Kaitlyn Balon from Ryerson University; and Yenny Kurniawan from George Brown College. The students had an opportunity to give a short presentation of the research they are doing.

OFPA 2015 Awards

Two nominations were submitted for each of the Award of Merit and Sanitarian- Food Safety Professional of the Year. For the former, the Award of Merit was given to Sani Marc for their continued support of events organized by the OFPA. Trophy Foods Inc were awarded the Sanitarian and Food Safety Professional of the year through outstanding performance in implementing standards that go beyond those required under SQF.  Lifetime achievement award for 2015 was given to Michael Brodsky. Michael is a Past-President of the OFPA and was instrumental in the rapid growth of the association back in the late 1990’s. He also was the President of the IAFP and Past-President of AOAC International. Michael continues to support the OFPA and has moderated on the famous round-table-discussion held at the fall meetings.

Awards 2015

 

It has been a turbulent (revolving door) kind of year on the OFPA board with many coming and goings. The Association had two presidents this year and both Lynne & Peter were awarded Past-Presidents Award.  The final act of Lynne as Past-President was to pass the now repaired gavel to Moustapha who will be President in 2016.

Round Table Discussion

The Panel Discussion – Today’s Biggest Challenges to the Food Industry. The panel was expertly facilitated by Michael Brodsky and we had representation from academia (Dr. Richard Meldrum) and industry (Lone Jespersen, Sukhman Grewal, and Sonja Milutin). Panelists zeroed in on what they thought are the biggest challenges to the Food Industry are: need for Food Safety Culture; how industry’s push to reduce costs affects food safety; need for more effective, efficient regulations; role of 3rdparty auditors; and the need to teach food safety in the schools at an early age. It was an exhilarating panel with lots of audience participation and feedback that included comments that this was the highlight of the day!

Hot Topics of the Day

As tradition predicts, the last session of the day was devoted to discussing hot topic of the day. The audience were privileged to hear two excellent presentations by Jeff and Kathy – both considered globally recognized experts. Jeffery Farber provided an overview of lessons learnt from the past Listeria outbreaks both within Canada and beyond. Kathy, sponsored by the IAFP Speakers Program, provided an overview on her research on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes on caramel apples. Word must have got around as most retails moved candy apples to refrigeration after her research was reported in the media.

HotTopics

Audience Feedback

The OFPA always values feedback from its members and other attendees as this is the only way to deliver meetings of relevance. From this year’s feedback; 80% of those returning the evaluation form considered the overall meeting at satisfactory or excellent. Over 80% of respondents thought the Trade Show was good-excellent and relevant to their professional interests. Comments that will be considered in planning the next meeting included:-

  • More discussion on regulatory issues especially in relation to SME operations
  • Update on food safety research in relation to risk assessment and management
  • Outbreaks of the day and lessons learnt
  • Update and prevention of food fraud
  • Auditing and training

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Change At The Top

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The executive board for 2016 will be presented to the membership at the OFPA fall meeting on November 5th. Outgoing members of the board includes our current President Lynne Fruhner, Vice President Shirely Chalouch, Past President Keith Warriner and Membership Committee Chair Graig Valle. We thank them all for their contributions to the OFPA over the years. Moving to the President position will be Moustapha Oke with the Vice President position been taken by Katharine Di Tomasso. Ananth Kasic will move from the Sponsorship position to Treasure. We wish them well in progressing the growth of the Association over the next year.

OFPA Board Member on CBC Radio

Dr Keith Warriner of the University of Guelph conducted 16 interviews with 16 regional CBC radio stations across Canada on Monday 31st Aug. He was asked to comment on recent research from UCDavis highlighting the low efficacy of post-harvest washing to reduce contamination on spinach Washing Spinach

Although the findings of the research simply what has been known for 20 years the news story provided an oppertunity to inform consumers what steps are being taken at primary production to ensure food safety of leafy greens and also what they can do in the home to avoid foodborne illness.

Tell All On Why Burgers Don't Rot

Watch as OFPA Board Member Dr. Keith Warriner and MSc Student Kayla discuss what happens toburger ingredients and why they don't rot.

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