Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 12

AT ISSUE

FOODWISE AVAILABLE TO
QUEBEC RETAILERS

FoodWise Food Safety Certification program now a recognized food
safety training program in Quebec, providing retailers with flexibility
in how they meet government food safety standards
BY ROBERT PRICE
RETAILERS in Quebec can now use FoodWise to certify store
managers as food safety trainers and to train food-handlers in
food safety. This change will have significant benefit for Quebec
retailers. Under previous rules, food safety trainers had to have
a bachelor's degree in science-a requirement that made finding
qualified trainers difficult for many retailers. Now, retailers can
train store managers, who can then train employees concerning
the ways to safely handle food.
"Approval of FoodWise is key to food safety in Quebec," says
Nathalie St. Pierre, Retail Council of Canada's (RCC) executive
director, Quebec and vice-president sustainability. "It gives
more flexibility to who can become certified. This is important
because it is hard to find trainers in Quebec."
Added credibility

Harmonization

The institution of FoodWise in Quebec stems
from a demand among retailers to use the same
food safety program in Quebec as in other provinces. With FoodWise in place, retailers with
stores inside and outside Quebec can deploy
harmonized food safety training across their
businesses.
"Food safety is a fundamental priority for members," says St-Pierre. "The major grocers are all involved and they have worked very hard to achieve
recognition of this program in Quebec."

Gaining regulatory approval was "years in the making," says
St-Pierre. She says the government approved FoodWise because
RCC, its committees and members were able to
demonstrate that FoodWise has the scientific rig"Food safety is a fundamental priority for all Quebec
or the government required.
As a training program, Marcie Wenn, manager members. The major grocers are all involved and
of education at RCC, says the pedigree of Food- they have worked very hard to achieve recognition
Wise is impeccable. The program was funded of this program in Quebec."
by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through a
- NATHALIE ST-PIERRE, Retail Council of Canada
system agreed upon by the federal government
and the provinces. The actual training program-
which covers a range of food safety topics-was developed by
Owned and operated by RCC, FoodWise deGuelph Food Technology Centre, with the help of retailers like livers training online and in-class and in French
Loblaw, Metro, Sobeys, Thrifty Foods and Safeway.
and English. The in-class program has received
"FoodWise really has everything regulators need from a food approval from nine provinces, including Quetraining program-way more, actually," says Wenn.
bec, to certify food trainers. RCC will be working
The depth and rigor of the program, along with a persistent with B.C., New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to apeffort from the RCC team, persuaded the Quebec government to prove the online FoodWise training courses.
give FoodWise status as a certifying body.
"Members of the Québec Food Safety Committee already have For more information concerning FoodWise
an excellent relationship with MAPAQ, the Québec Ministry of and other education and training programs
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food," she says. "The Quebec mem- offered by RCC, contact Marcie Wenn at
bers are recognised as having an extensive knowledge and ex- (888) 373-8245, ext. 320, or by email at
pertise in food safety. FoodWise helps add to that credibility."
mwenn@retailcouncil.org.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016

PUBLISHER'S DESK
RETAIL CURRENTS
UNDER THE BANNER
EXPANDED OFFERING
RCC APPOINTS NEW BOARD CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
AT ISSUE
COFFEE, EGGS AND IKEA
CONTENT-RICH CONFERENCES INSPIRE RETAILERS IN VANCOUVER AND QUEBEC
THE SUBMISSIONS ARE IN
INDUSTRY RESEARCH
FREEDOM OF IDENTITY
TALENT SHOWS
WINNING THE WAR OF FIT
ADVERTISER'S INDEX
CONSULTING ON THE FUTURE OF RETAIL
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - ebelly1
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - ebelly2
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - cover1
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - cover2
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 3
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - PUBLISHER'S DESK
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 5
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - RETAIL CURRENTS
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 7
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - UNDER THE BANNER
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - EXPANDED OFFERING
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - RCC APPOINTS NEW BOARD CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 11
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - AT ISSUE
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - COFFEE, EGGS AND IKEA
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - CONTENT-RICH CONFERENCES INSPIRE RETAILERS IN VANCOUVER AND QUEBEC
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 15
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - THE SUBMISSIONS ARE IN
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 17
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - INDUSTRY RESEARCH
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 19
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - FREEDOM OF IDENTITY
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 21
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 22
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 23
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 24
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 25
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - TALENT SHOWS
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 27
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 28
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 29
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - WINNING THE WAR OF FIT
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 31
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 32
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 33
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - ADVERTISER'S INDEX
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 35
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - CONSULTING ON THE FUTURE OF RETAIL
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 37
Canadian Retailer - Winter 2016 - 38
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