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Food Forum for Industry and Government in Southwestern Ontario (FFIGS)27th

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Speakers from industry and government will present their experience with COVID-in a variety of food manufacturing/processing settings.

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Join us for the Annual Food Forum for Industry and Government in Southwestern Ontario (FFIGS) symposium. Mark your calendars- this year's forum with take place "virtually" on September 8,2021 from 1-3pm. A range of speakers from industry and government will present their experiences with COVID-19 in a variety of food manufacturing and food processing settings, including a focus on lessons learned. We look forward to having you join us! Look for an agenda and registration link, coming soon...

Lessons Learned from NSF’s COVID-19 Ambassador Programs for Small Business.Presenter: Paul Medeiros, Managing Director, NSF Canada

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NSF in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo and the local chamber of commerce has commenced a program to visit 5000+ small businesses in order to coach them on COVID-19 safety best practices and to gauge how well they’re adhering to provincial COVID-19 requirements. Meeting program requirements earns businesses a window sticker that demonstrates compliance with program requirements and provides employees and patrons with additional confidence in the safety of the workplace.The program, which is free and voluntary for businesses, hires and trains students from local post-secondary health programs to act as ambassadors. Several business sectors are involved, including restaurants, retail stores, barber shops, car rentals (and many more).This presentation will describe the NSF approach and methodology for utilizing students to conduct this work. It will cover the collaborative process used to develop and launch the program where Waterloo Public Health, together with Conestoga College and the Region of Waterloo all played a pivotal role. Did this program make an impact? The presentation will also describe the tools and methods used to conduct the visits and will highlight high-level results related to assessment findings and business perception.

Environmental Health BCCDC response to the pandemic

Presenter: Lorraine McIntyre, Food Safety Specialist, BCCDC

Overview of presentation:

Everyone has been challenged over the last 18 months. B.C.’s pandemic response mobilized all public health workers and this session will look inside the agency (BCCDC) from a Food Safety Specialists perspective, providing insights into the team effort, successes, and unintended consequences. Although we now know COVID-19 is not spread through food, food safety issues have not disappeared. Unfortunate unintended consequences will be highlighted, such as the impact of fewer premises inspections and interruptions in program service delivery that are only now being realized as Public Health Inspectors return to routine work.

COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace – Lessons learned from the food processing sector

Presenters: Jenny Yao, Infection Control Specialist & Christina Rae Gorman, Epidemiologist. Public Health, Region of Peel

Overview of presentation:

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, health care facilities were able to leverage routine outbreak preparation and management practices. For workplaces however, this was uncharted territory.

This presentation will review COVID-19 outbreaks in food processing environments, specifically meat and poultry processing plants.

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