Domestic collaboration enables Safe Food Canada to change the food protection landscape. Food protection knowledge needs to be acquired in a systematic manner across the continuum from high school to college, undergraduate and graduate programmes. The introduction of food protection concepts early on, for instance in the high school curriculum, can help shape food protection into a tangible and accessible career path among the general population.
Many examples of learning partnerships exist across Canada, like Olds College in Alberta, a post-secondary institution specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management, has succeeded in carrying out collaboration between university and industry so that it can lead Canada’s most advanced and comprehensive meat science program. The curriculum is entirely designed in concert with local industries to meet real-world demands and covers all stages of meat production from the live animal to the consumer. Graduates benefit from receiving comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge on food safety. And this is precisely the type of partnerships Safe Food Canada aspires to nurture domestically.