Canadian Grain Commission’s grain safety programs achieve international recognition

News release

August 27, 2018                        Winnipeg          Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission’s grain safety certification programs are now recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). This recognition demonstrates the rigour and credibility of the Canadian Grain Commission’s programs, which in turn will give certified companies greater access to world markets.

Through its benchmarking process, GFSI has concluded that the following Canadian Grain Commission programs meet internationally accepted science-based standards in food safety management:

  • Canadian Grain Commission Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (CGC HACCP)
  • Canadian Identity Preserved System and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (CIPRS + HACCP)

By achieving GFSI Technical Equivalence, the Canadian Grain Commission is in a stronger position to help grain handling companies meet both international regulatory and market-driven food safety demands.


The Canadian Grain Commission is pleased to offer programs that meet GFSI’s high standards and will allow certified companies to remain competitive in today’s global food market.”

Patti Miller,
Chief Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission

Quick facts

  • Through Canadian Grain Commission’s voluntary grain safety certification programs, grain handling companies can request to have their grain safety and quality management systems assessed and certified.

  • To obtain CGC HACCP certification, a company must have effective grain safety processes that manage the risks associated with handling, storing, processing and shipping grains, oilseeds and pulses.

  • To obtain CIPRS + HACCP certification, a company’s grain safety and identity preserved processes must effectively control production through to shipping and manage the risks associated with handling, storing, primary processing and shipping of grains, oilseeds or pulses.

  • The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a food safety certification program benchmarking system operated by the Consumer Goods Forum, which represents nearly 400 food retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders from over 70 countries. 

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Laura Anderson
National Manager, Process Verification & Accreditation
Canadian Grain Commission

Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada’s grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers’ rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.

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