Foods of Plant Origin - Inspection Programs

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Introduction

Foods of plant origin are fruits, vegetables, sprouts, culinary herbs, nuts, edible fungi, maple products and honey. The Foods of Plant Origin Program Area (FPO) within the ministry's Inspection Programs Unit (IPU) enforces Ontario Regulation 119/11 (O. Reg. 119/11) of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001, and provides food safety and regulatory direction and advice to packers, producers and vendors of foods of plant origin; specifically, those who are not federally licensed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

FPO administers a Food Safety Monitoring Program to monitor and assess the safety of various foods of plant origin products in Ontario.

The program also prepares and distributes educational materials for the foods of plant origin industry, including packaging, labelling, safety and quality standards as well as requirements for signs and advertisements at the retail level. Program staff may investigate and/or assist in investigating quality, labelling or food safety issues. When necessary, staff may take compliance action to ensure products meet regulatory requirements.

In addition, the FPO Program plays a lead role in ensuring agency accountability through their work at the Ontario Food Terminal Board.

Acts and Regulations

Food Safety Monitoring Program

Produce

Honey

Maple Products

Cider

Additional Resources

Foods of Plant Origin Staff Contact Information

Kim Landers, Manager (A), Inspection Program Unit
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch
1 Stone Road West, 5th Floor NW
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Tel: 289-213-4081
Fax: 519-826-3233
Email: kim.landers@ontario.ca

Loree Saunders
Compliance Programs Coordinator
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch
1 Stone Road West, 5th Floor North West
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Tel: 519-820-7668
Fax: 519-826-3233
Email: loree.saunders@ontario.ca

Linda Hill
Data & Issues Management Coordinator
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch
1 Stone Road West, 5th Floor North West
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Tel: 226-979-4095
Fax: 519-826-3233
Email: linda.hill@ontario.ca

Nicole Robb
Regulatory & Standards Coordinator
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Safety Inspection Delivery Branch
1 Stone Road West, 5th Floor North West
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Tel: 519-362-8727
Fax: 519-826-3233
Email: nicole.robb@ontario.ca


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca