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Meat Safety

Albion Farms and Fisheries is the most trusted name in protein for product integrity and safety in today’s constantly changing marketplace.

Safety Assurances include:

  • CFIA Federal Inspected Plant
  • HACCP Program
  • Recall Program
  • Our Suppliers
  • 3rd Party Audit

CFIA Federal Inspected Plant

Albion Farms and Fisheries has been a CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) Federal Inspected Plant since 1983. The Meat Facility Number is 230. There is a CFIA Inspector onsite daily, who performs the CVS (Compliance Verification System) tasks to ensure the Albion Farms and Fisheries Food Safety Programs meet the Meat Inspection Regulations.

HACCP Program

Albion Farms and Fisheries have had its HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) Program in place since November 1, 1999. This program is recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Recall Program

An important piece of our HACCP Program is the Recall Program. Albion Farms and Fisheries are able to track and trace all raw materials used and all products produced from these materials. If for any reason a product needs to be recalled, the Meat Facility is able to contact every customer with further direction.

Our Suppliers

In order to be an approved supplier, they must be federally inspected and provide a LOG. All our grinding suppliers are required to submit a COA which ensure their products meet the required food safety standards.

3rd Party Audit

A number of current larger customers require Albion Farms and Fisheries to have a Food Safety Quality Assurance Audit performed annually. NSF International performs an audit once per year on the Meat Facility written program followed by an on-site inspection. These audits bring food safety in the Food Industry to new levels all the time.

Seafood Safety

Quality Management Program (QMP)

Albion Farms and Fisheries (Federal registration number 992) is in compliance with QMP requirements. It is also a US-FDA registered (FEI number 300069044) and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certified fish processing facility. GFSI is a globally recognized industry-driven initiative providing leadership and guidance on food safety management systems necessary for safety along the supply chain.

The Quality Management Program is a regulatory-based system that requires all federally registered fish processing plants in Canada to develop and implement an in-plant quality control program. As set out in the Fish Inspection Regulations, all establishments in Canada that process fish and seafood for export or inter-provincial trade must be registered with the Government of Canada.

To become federally registered, a fish processor is legally required to develop a QMP plan of their own, following the “QMP Reference Standard”; submit it to the CFIA for review and acceptance; and apply it to their processing operations. The QMP uses the principles of “HACCP” (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), an internationally recognized system for ensuring safe food production, to provide a high level of assurance that fish and seafood products produced in Canada are safe and wholesome to eat. However, the QMP also deals with non-safety issues, including fish quality and federal regulatory requirements such as labelling.

The QMP was established as a mandatory program in 1992, making it the first mandatory food inspection program in the world based on HACCP principles. Prior to this, fish inspection was conducted as a traditional food inspection program, with federal inspectors inspecting fish plants and testing their products. The QMP was extensively re-engineered between 1996 and 2000, with the active participation of the fish processing industry.

Along with promoting the production of safe and wholesome fish and seafood products and thereby protecting Canadian consumers, the QMP benefits fish processors in a number of ways. These include a streamlined process for the certification of final products for export; the privilege of using the “Canada Inspected” logo on their products; and a minimization of government intrusion and intervention in their day-to-day operations. Also, because it incorporates the application of HACCP principles, the QMP has been effective in maintaining access to international markets, at a time when many countries are introducing HACCP requirements for imported fish and seafood. This is important for Canada’s fish processing industry, which is heavily export-oriented: almost 90 per cent of the fish and seafood products produced in Canada are exported to foreign countries.

Our Commitment to Community

Albion Farms and Fisheries not only takes pride in the products offered but believe in an obligation to work with and help the communities where we work, live and play. From working with the Habitat for Humanity, donating and delivering food to help feed the needy, or helping to clean local river systems, Albion is committed to making a difference.

Best Aquaculture Practices

As the first Seafood Distributor in Canada to become Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified, Albion is proud to highlight our association with these standards.

Seafood buyers and suppliers globally prefer to source seafood from third-party certified facilities for a variety of environmentally and socially responsible policy reasons. Working with foodservice, institutional and particularly retail buyers, the Global Aquaculture Alliance recognized a need for a comprehensive set of standards so the BAP program was created.

The comprehensive BAP standards offer:

  • BAP standards encompass the entire aquaculture production chain, including farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.
  • All standards address every key element of responsible aquaculture, including environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability.
  • The seafood processing plant standards are benchmarked against the latest Global Food Safety Initiative food-safety requirements.
  • A market development team actively promotes the BAP program to retailers and foodservice operators worldwide on behalf of BAP-certified facilities.

Best Aquaculture Practices Certification
The Responsible Seafood Choice
http://bap.gaalliance.org

Live Tanks and Filtration System
The Albion Farms and Fisheries high-tech modern live tank system allows for the storing of over tens of thousands of pounds of lobster, crabs, spot prawns, oysters, scallops, mussels, clams and abalone in a wet storage system that mimics their natural environment. We utilize a closed circulation system that is HACCP approved by the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency). A complex network of piping, pumps, sand and bio-filters, cooling towers, ultraviolet sterilizers optimize water flow and keep the water quality at its peak condition. The water is tested regularly on site to ensure optimum holding conditions. This live system permits our shellfish processing team to pack the liveliest shellfish possible for Albion Farms and Fisheries customers all across North America and Asia.

Seafood Quality Management Team
Albion Farms and Fisheries take food safety seriously, and is a federally registered fish processing establishment. The Albion Farms and Fisheries HACCP, Food Safety and Quality System have been certified by various domestic and internationally recognized regulatory and accredited auditing agencies through annual audits:

 

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Even at the start of the sourcing process, we work directly with fishermen, fishing boats and firms to improve pre/post-harvesting techniques insuring the finest quality fish and shellfish available.

In the Albion Farms and Fisheries facilities, an ozonated water cleaning system is used in every stage of processing; ensuring product cleanliness, bacterial elimination and a chemical free environment. Our plant personnel undergo continuous training to meet and exceed strict industry standards.

Albion Farms and Fisheries Quality Assurance and Receiving Teams focus on organoleptic assessment of all incoming products using Quality Index method (QIM) and CODEX fish and fishery products. We also focus on chain of custody (CoC), CFIA-Fish Inspection Regulations (FIR), Food and Drug Act and Regulations (FDA&R) and Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act and Regulations (CP&LR). Only those products that are able to pass through these strict criteria are considered for Albion Farms and Fisheries product line.

Have questions regarding Albion Farms and Fisheries product quality or safety standards? Feel free to contact our Quality Assurance Department at affqc@albion.ca at any time.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability is an issue that is of increasing concern to our customers and to the public in general. Albion Farms and Fisheries has been an industry leader for the past several years on this subject — always focusing on the issues first. In fact, Albion voluntarily discontinued selling Chilean sea bass in 2005 due to the overwhelming evidence of overfishing. Sustainability and related issues concerning seafood are a key focus for Albion Farms and Fisheries now and in the future. Given this viewpoint Albion currently works very closely with the local Ocean Wise program, the nationwide Seachoice organization, and the global organization MSC (Marine Stewardship Council).

By sourcing from reputable, traceable fisheries we can inform customers of the exact area and method that all products are harvested in the event that there may be concerns with that fishery. The Albion Farms and Fisheries CTS division imports specific products globally because they adhere to the following sustainability principles:

  1. Abundant and resilient fish population
  2. Well-managed fishery
  3. Fishing methods that minimize by-catch, and have minimal effect on habitat and the ocean floor

We continue to source and introduce new products that meet these exacting sustainability criteria. Although our seafood offerings are not 100% fully certified Ocean Wise, the long-term strategy is to grow the list of those products that are.

At Albion Farms and Fisheries, packaging is just as important as the product itself. We are just as committed to reducing the amount of waste generated in the production and packaging process. Ask us about the Albion blue bin distribution program.

To view the Albion Farms and Fisheries sustainability policy, please click here.

From Our Family to Your Table

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