HACCPCanada Certifies Reaction Packaging

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HACCPCanada has issued Certification to Reaction Packaging, (part of the Ampak Inc. group of companies) having demonstrated all of the necessary requirements for manufacture of food-grade plastics and glass containers by maintaining an Active HACCP-Based Food Safety System centered on industry standards which fully meets or exceeds the Food Safety Codes of:

  • Provincial Health Regulatory Authorities.
  • Health Canada.
  • World Health Organization.

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Ampak is a manufacturing company with over 60 years of valued experience committed to producing high-quality bottles, jars and packaging components made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and glass.  They produce for a variety of industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical-nutraceutical, industrial and automotive, and health and beauty.  Ampak manufactures stock and custom containers and closures in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

HACCPCanada advocates and mandates HACCP System Certification with an emphasis on providing Food Safety Confidence to the Consumer.  HACCPCanada is the only domestic Canadian Certifying Body (an independent & impartial national organization which evaluates and verifies HACCP systems) and has succeeded in furnishing an economical, effective and expedient Certification Process for the Retail Food Supply Chain including Non-Registered Manufacturing, Wineries, Warehousing, Logistics, Restaurants, Sanitation Services and Retail Food Outlets.  We also provide consulting services, online training and in-house training options.

Contact us to achieve Certification from HACCPCanada, today!

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DB Schenker of Vancouver is Certified

The DB Schenker facility located at the Vancouver Airport (122 -5000 Miller Road, Richmond, BC) is HACCP Certified in accordance with the criteria set forth by HACCPCanada for warehousing and distribution.

DB Schenker, one of the top Logistics Service Providers with over 40 branches in Canada and 2000 offices  world wide has been a long-time proponent of HACCP Certification for their facilities.  Tim Whitting and his staff recognize its importance and  are dedicated  to Food Safety for their customers as reflected by achieving Certification.

              HACCPCanada: Assuring a Confident Dining Experience.                                         Our company has been established to offer Consulting, Training, Auditing and Certification for Post-Manufacturers to Retail Food Outlets that have astutely recognized the necessity in developing and maintaining HACCP-based Food Safety Systems.                                                                                                                  Go to our website to learn more about Certification for your business.

Langley woman tormented by lack of answers over mother’s E. coli-related death

Madeline Jonah, 80, died after eating e-coli tainted food at Kiwanis Park Place. a White Rock independent living facility in Nov. 2011. The family is still seeking answers surrounding her death.

Madeline Jonah, 80, died after eating e-coli tainted food at Kiwanis Park Place. a White Rock independent living facility in Nov. 2011. The family is still seeking answers surrounding her death.

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A Surrey senior’s home where an 80-year-old woman contracted E. coli linked to a meal and later died, was found in violation of a number of food-preparation standards weeks before the victim and two other seniors fell ill.

Madeline Jonah was one of three seniors hospitalized due to E. coli after eating a meal at Kiwanis Park Place in mid-November 2011. She was admitted to Peace Arch Hospital suffering from bloody diarrhea, according to medical records.

She died in Royal Columbian Hospital on Nov. 30. The two other victims recovered.

Langley woman Kathy Jonah says she has been tormented by a lack of answers and empathy from officials after her mother died.

“I just want someone to be accountable,” Kathy Jonah said. “The management [at Kiwanis Park Place] hasn’t called me back, and they haven’t offered me an apology or anything. It’s like a slap in the face.”

Kiwanis Park Place, a subsidized independent-living complex operated by Crescent Housing Society, offers food services under the licensing of Fraser Health Authority.

An investigation by the authority determined that the three seniors were likely infected with E. coli because of the facility’s food preparation, inadequate cooking or improper cleaning of food surfaces.

Fraser Health spokesman Roy Thorpe-Dorward said Crescent Housing Society voluntarily ended its food-services program, so there will be no further probes into the outbreak. The facility had no previous E. coli issues, Thorpe-Dorward said.

However, an examination of inspection records shows that on Oct. 31, 2011, the facility was cited with three “non-critical” violations; “food premises not maintained in a sanitary condition; frozen potentially hazardous food stored above -18 °C.; premises not free of pests.

In April 2011, the facility was also cited with three “non-critical” violations; food premises not maintained in a sanitary condition; equipment/utensils/food contact surfaces not in good working order; refrigeration units and hot holding equipment lack accurate thermometers.

The facility was given a “low” hazard rating in both cases.

In April 2010, the facility was found to have pests. In October 2009, two “non-critical” violations included failure to hold a valid food-services permit and food premises not maintained in a sanitary condition.

Jonah said that because of B.C.’s wrongful-death laws she has no way to hold anyone accountable.

Ben Doyle of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. says family members can’t effectively sue for damages in the deaths of children, seniors and the disabled, because the law only accounts for damages for loss of income support.

“We have legislation that makes children, seniors and people with disabilities worthless,” he said. “We’re pushing for legislation that respects the lives of all individuals and not just breadwinners.”

Officials with Crescent Housing Society did not answer interview requests on Monday.

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