The University of Guelph’s Department of Food Science has launched an expanded online interactive food safety training program, now open to the industry.

“We are thrilled to offer the Guelph Food Academy to global food suppliers. Originally exclusive to Loblaw Companies Ltd. suppliers, this comprehensive training program is now being opened up to meet a demand in the global food processing industry,” states Dr. Art Hill, Chair of the Department of Food Science.

The first 7 program modules will begin in February 2015 and will run for six months. It’s now offered to the global food processing industry.

“There has been interest from numerous food industry stakeholders to participate in the Loblaw Academy. We felt it was important to open the program up to other parties to provide them the opportunity to also enroll and benefit from this excellent food safety training program,” shares Mike Liewen, Senior Vice President, Food Safety, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs for Loblaw Companies Limited.

To date more than 375 participants from across Canada and 17 countries around the world have successfully completed the training with 170 currently enrolled. Throughout these years the feedback has been glowing.

Topics included in the program are:

  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Risk Analysis
  • Incident Management
  • Social Media
  • Raw Materials & Finished Product Specifications
  • Allergen Management
  • Plant Layout
  • Foreign Matter Prevention & Detection
  • Shelf Life & Challenge Studies
  • Listeria Monitoring and Control
  • Nutrition & Labelling
  • Validation & Verification

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