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Coastal Panel of the B.C. Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). It is a new appointment, part of the changes approved for the ALC. William Zylmans is vice-chair and will coordinate activities of the panel, which has responsibility for all future land-use decisions within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The third member of the panel is Gordon McCallum. Bains heads up theCentre for Indo-


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Canadian Studies at theUniversity of the FraserValley. She is also an instructor. The centre is a hub of information for peoplewhowant to do businesswith India. Satwinder is married toParmBains,who owns and manages the largeWestberry Blueberry Farmin Abbotsford... A $1.7 million food safety program


announced inmid-October by the federal and provincial governments is aimed at helping B.C. food processors reach new markets locally, across Canada and around theworld. The Post-FarmFood Safety Programis being delivered by the B.C. FoodProcessorsAssociation and encourages businesses to adopt internationally-recognized food safety programs such as theHazardAnalysis CriticalControlPoint (HACCP) system. It’s designed to assess processors’ current food safety management systems and develop plans to improve them. Itwill also provide funds for items such as employee training and newequipment. Food and natural health product processing is the province’s largestmanufacturing sector, with about $8 billion in annual sales and more than 30,000 employees. The B.C. Food Processors Association hasmore than 130members that produce everything frombaked goods, beverages (including beer, coffee, andwine), dairy, meat and seafood, natural health, fruit and vegetable products to ethnic specialties and pet food. Eligible companies include federally or provincially registered businesseswith an activeGST number, based and operating in B.C. that have not previously been certified in a recognized food safety assurance system: • Post-farmbusinesses (processors,


transporters,warehouses, distributors, packagers, importers, exporters) that handle food for consumption. • Processing facilities (beyond basic


washing, grading and packaging) located on a farmpremises and not covered by a


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atwinder Bains from Abbotsford has been appointed a commissioner on the South


state’s grower-shippers. The university filed suitOct. 28 and sought to transfer the case fromthe Alameda County Superior Court to U.S.District Court in San Francisco, arguing patent issues require federal oversight. Earlier inOctober, an Alameda judge rejected a university request to dismiss the commission’s breach of contract suit. According to the commission suit, in late 2011 researchersDoug ShawandKirk Larsonbegan


In conjunction with their announcement of a $1.7-million food safety program to help B.C. food processors reach new markets, Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton, left, and Vancouver South MP Wai Young tour Vancouver-based Taste Culinary Solutions with owner Wendy Boys.


certified post-farmfood safety program. • FirstNations post-farm


agri-businesseswith aHealth Canada site license. The food safety programis funded


underGrowing Forward 2, a five-year agreement launched in 2013 that provides a $3-billion, federal-provincial- territorial government investment in innovation, competitiveness andmarket development... TheUniversity ofCalifornia-


Davis has sued theCalifornia StrawberryCommission, alleging infringement of patent and intellectual property rights and upping the ante in an ongoing court battle. At issue is the fate of a strawberry breeding programwhose varieties arewidely produced by the


planning to resign fromthe university and establish a private breeding company. The university has denied Shawand Larson are taking their researchwith them. It contends that the strawberry commission violated patent rights by making, using or selling theAlbion, Monterey and SanAndreas


varieties.Duplication of the germplasm on these and six other varietieswould jeopardize revenue to the university from licensing nurseries, according to the suit. ChrisChristian, senior vice-president of the commission, said the university’s legal action is a step in thewrong direction. “We are disappointed thatUC- Davis has decided to sue farmers. The university can resolve the issue by simply agreeing inwriting to restore the public breeding programthat California strawberry farmers have funded since the 1950s. The commission requested additional settlement discussions after the court ruling, butwere told the university is not available until next year...”


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