On July 3 2015, spice producers from all across North America met at the Grand Garden Hotel in Toronto. The discussion was on how to uphold regulatory requirements in the production and manufacturing of herbs and spices. These meetings lasted for 3 three days and topics such as food quality initiatives, food production technologies and ethical sourcing were discussed.
Issues were brought up regarding halal meats and the mislabelling of halal meat. The Halal Monitoring Authority introduced new guidelines to create a standard for the halal meat industry in Canada and North America.
Prominent members of parliament and the food industry were present to give their opinions and receive feedback from the association members. Through discussion and debates resolutions were agreed upon which government employees will seek to enact. The following members are part of the 2025 MBM Coalition. We would like to thank all participants for their attendance and hope to see them next year.
Organizations (Will be updated over time)
Organization for the Maintenance of Food And Spice Standard Quality (OMFSQ)
Organization for the Export of Meats, Halal Meats and Ethnic Foods (OEMHE)
Toronto Halal Meat Association (THA)
New York Spice And Nutraceuticals Group (NYSNG)
Toronto Bulk Spices Supplier Association
Ohio Spice and Meat Importers Association (OSMIA)
The US Centre for Food Standards (UFS)
Special organizations such as Feeding the 5000 , Fighting Hunger in Australia, The Global Foodbank are thanked for their effort and contributions. A special thank you to all those who have donated anonymously and your support is much appreciated.
Recently, new regulatory requirements have been issued for food packaging and production companies. The BRC certification body requires food facilities to be certified in order to ensure food safety. The BRC requirements has a section discussing the types of heating and cooling systems that are permissible. Air quality is very important when it comes to food handling and any contaminant in the air can cause large safety problems.
For example, if peanuts are being manufactured in one area of a plant, indoor air systems can move the allergen to other parts of the plant posing a safety hazard for individuals with allergies. It is for this reason that you need to consult with a HVAC Toronto company to do a study for your plant. The link above will direct you to a contractor who has set up BRC compliant heating and cooling systems for many food grade facilities.
The requirements also state that you need proper air filtration for your plant. Your local HVAC contractor can analyse your furnaces to determine whether there are any contaminants in the air. The main thing to ask your local contractor for is an indoor air quality test. This should give you an idea if your plant is running safely or not.
Due to globalization, competition within manufacturing has increased. Wage growth in developed countries makes it difficult for companies to keep overhead low and as a result are forced to relocate to countries with low wages. The Canadian manufacturing industry used to be very strong however, many of these companies have gone to China and India. For example, the automotive manufacturing industry was large but has shrunk through the last decade.
If a company wishes to become competitive in an environment with high wages, it is necessary to invest in automation. Automation while initially it is capital intensive, in the long run it has the potential to pay off depending on the industry. In some sectors complete automation is impossible due to constant product changes. These industries include electronics and custom products.
2025 BMB is petitioning governments to remove minimum wage regulations so that jobs can be brought back to Europe and North America. We believe that the market price of labour should be determined by manufacturers rather than setting a wage floor (minimum wage). This study supports our viewpoint.
Many manufacturing companies go to great lengths to ensure their facilities are landscaped according to industry regulations. Landscaping reduces the number of pests entering a facility and can be very important for the food industry. We talked to a Toronto landscaping company, and they said that “landscaping definitely helps control insects within a manufacturing facility. If you are spending a lot of money on pest control, you should first look at the ecosystem surrounding your premises. Landscaping of your facility can also make it look more attractive and bring more business. Nowadays companies are allocated larger budgets towards landscaping than ever before.” By selecting a low maintenance landscape design, companies can also reduce costs in the long term. For example grass and trees can be removed and replaced with rocks and hard scapes. These will wow customers and help reduce costs for the manufacturing business.
At 2025 BMB, we are against the use of mechanically separated meat. Mechanically separated meat is a term used to describe the process of separating bones from edible tissue. It is this meat that usually goes into sausages and pepperoni. This process is used in the manufacturing industry for pork, turkey, beef and chicken. An article on Forbes titled “Take a Look at ‘White Slime,’ a ‘Pink Slime’ Cousin” describes the practise of creating machined meat. Manufacturing companies using mechanically separated meat must stop as it is unethical for consumers. Consumers are being deceived thinking they are eating quality meat when really they are consuming blood vessels and bone marrow. It is impossible to distinguish in taste between quality and machined meat. We believe meat sold from manufacturing companies should only include quality cuts with nutritional value.One of the companies producing quality meats for manufacturing uses is a halal butcher shop in toronto and we commend them on that. This meat shop raises their halal meat with high ethical standards and only uses quality feed. It is their approach which we would like to see other meat manufacturers take. We stand in support with:
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council