Ontario fruit growers are strengthening their food safety management system to ensure Canadian-grown fruit meets or exceeds the global food safety standards expected by major Canadian retailers and international customers.

Industry-leading food safety systems will help boost the shelf-life of fruit crops like peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, grapes, and apricots, enabling local growers to ship their produce greater distances and access new markets.

To help achieve this goal, the Vineland Growers’ Co-operative will receive funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and is collaborating with 17 Niagara fruit growers who will be implementing changes to cleaning and sanitation procedures in their pack houses.