Food Safety

Dure Foods: Our Commitment to Food Safety

At Dure Foods Ltd., we are fully committed to creating the safest and highest quality products possible. We go above and beyond legal food safety and quality standards to produce food products that customers can trust and enjoy with peace of mind.

We have strict policies that maintain our high standards, and we require all staff to fully support these standards so that no flaw could ever go unnoticed.

For our customers, we vow to constantly strive to increase levels of customer satisfaction by improving every day. We watch every step of the production process carefully, preventing the possibility of any hazards from the first selection of raw ingredients to the distribution of the finished product.

We pride ourselves on creating a safe and accessible environment for our employees to work in, so they can work to their greatest potential. Each staff member is fully trained on our safety policy, and we are consistently working to improve that policy to become clearer and better than before.

Health and Safety Affiliations: Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products

Health CanadaAs a Canadian company primarily selling to the Canadian market, the standards of the food industry here are our greatest priority. The Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate has established the Natural Health Products Regulations in order to provide Canadian consumers with effective, safe and high-quality products.

These regulations include licensing requirements, evidence of safety and efficacy policies, clear and inclusive labeling, and full site licensing. They also outline what good manufacturing practices are, including proper sanitation programs, batch samples, recall reporting, product specifications, equipment and personnel standards, operations, stability and recording. Adhering closely to these regulations has provided an easy guide to safety and quality for Dure Foods.

Health and Safety Affiliations: British Retail Consortium Standard

Another set of safety standards Dure Foods complies with is the British Retail Consortium standard, created by the Global Food Safety Initiative’s Technical Committee. This standard has been accepted by 8 major international retailers including Wal-Mart and Tesco, among others.

Suppliers throughout the world in The Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, both North and South America, Australia and the Pacific islands use this standard as it has become extremely beneficial for all different kinds of players in the industry.

The BRC was created out of identified key components for operating procedures and food safety. Adherence to these guidelines earns a company a BRC certificate. The BRC is flexible enough to be able to constantly change to meet the current food environment and adhere to high customer standards while still providing a simple process for manufacturers to follow.

Health and Safety Affiliations: National Sanitation Foundation International

Dure Foods Ltd. is also affiliated with the National Sanitation Foundation international, a public health and safety organization dedicated to help protect the world’s consumer products and improve overall global human health. NSF is known to help businesses in the food industry navigate the complicated regulatory environment.

They offer a number of helpful services including training, auditing, testing, and certification. They focus on the areas of equipment, label claims, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, and supermarket practices. With the regulatory aid of NSF, Dure has yet another ally to support our dedication to the utmost level of safety and quality for our products.

If you’re interested in knowing more about this safety commitment or in ordering a product, call or contact us today!

What You Should Know About GMO

What You Should Know About GMO

How much do you know about GMOs? Even if you stay well informed of everything you put into your body, you may not know when you are consuming GMOs.

It’s been over two decades since the first genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) crops were approved in Canada in 1996.

GMOS, “Genetically Modified Organisms”, are present in as much as 80% of North American processed foods, particularly in the US which utilizes a much broader range of modified crops. GMOs are banned or closely monitored in the majority of other countries, however, in Canada foods containing GMO’s have been ruled safe for sale and are not required to be labeled as containing GMO’s. Not only are we unaware when we are consuming GMOs, the majority of people are unaware of the potential risks associated with GMO consumption.

1. Overall Health

Of all the newscast or articles you have encountered about GMOs, how many of them have told you the affects GMOs really have on your health?

  • Numerous studies have shown that GMOs can effect and cause gastrointestinal problems, organ health, immune system disorders, increased early again, and infertility to name a few.
  • Many medical organizations urge GMO free diets, including the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, The American Public Health Association, and The American Nurses Association.
  • GMOs were introduced in 1996, since then, there has seen an increase in illnesses. Though, there is no sufficient scientific proof linking the GMOs to the increase of illnesses such as Autism, food allergies, reproductive disorders and digestive problems; many health care professionals believe that is no coincidence and we should switch to GMO free diets now rather than later.

2. Food Allergies

Unknowingly consuming a food or product that you are allergic to can not only cause an inconvenient reaction and sickness, in many cases it can lead to more serious problems. This is one of many risks to consuming foods containing GMOs.

  • Genetically altered foods, GMOs, can sometimes be genetic combinations or contain cross strands of other products. When unknowingly consumed, these GMOs, lead to health risks for the unknown and possibly allergic consumer.
  • Studies have shown that since GMOs have been introduced, allergic reactions to food and ongoing allergies have shown a drastic increase both in individuals consuming GMOs and farm workers exposed to BT sprays on GMO crops.

3. Lack of Labeling

Even when you are trying to avoid foods containing GMOs, it won’t come as easy as reading labels at the supermarket. Despite peoples demands for all GMO products to be labeled, there is currently no law requiring labels on foods containing GMOs. You can find some foods that are labeled with Non-GMO stickers, but the majority of products leave you with a lack of information regarding GMOs.

What You Don’t Know About GMO Can Hurt You

Source: Radio Canada International

4. Genetics

Though, thorough research has not been conducted, it is believed that GMOs could have long term effects on the genetics of the human race. No scientific evidence has been presented, but given the health effects that GMOs have from consumption and their effects on the environment; the long term effects of GMOs are believed to be greater than the current effects of consuming GMOs.

At Dure Foods, we go above and beyond your expectations for food safety. Read more about our commitment to food excellence here.