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SGS Canada partners with Niagara College

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SGS Canada has partnered with an institute at Niagara College to offer a tool kit based approach around food safety management.

The Food Safety Program Optimization (FSPO) is designed to target risk reduction and provide tools to the Canadian Food & Wine Institute students to demonstrate risk-based diligence.

Those enrolled will work towards certificates addressing the sector specific needs within that industry (bakery, brewing, foodservice).

The move is part of the Canadian Food & Wine Institute's education program called Expert Edge.

Niagara College is home to Canada's first teaching brewery and commercial teaching winery and a full-service teaching restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal cuisine.

Jeffrey Steen, manager of corporate training at Niagara College, said the program focuses on delivering hands-on training led by true industry professionals.

"We have a unique proposition to those seeking to take their careers to the next level in the fields of risk management, auditing and supply chains dealing with food, wine and beer."

SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories worldwide with 85,000 employees.

Rob Sinyard, VP of certification and business enhancement at SGS Canada, said the training approach combines academia dealing with food, wine and beer and an inspection and certification company.

"We are convinced that we need to prepare students to walk out of the classroom with not just the training to work locally, but provide them with a global perspective to the challenges of feeding a growing world population."

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