MONTREAL, March 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Urban Barns Foods Inc. (OTCQB:URBF) ("Urban Barns"), an innovative food producer dedicated to growing consistent, healthy and fresh vegetables year round using its proprietary Cubic Farming™ method, is pleased to announce to shareholders the company has recently obtained CanadaGAP™ certification (www.canadagap.ca).
CanadaGAP™ is a food safety program for companies that produce and handle fruits and vegetables. It is designed to help implement and maintain effective food safety procedures within fresh produce operations.
Certification is the term used by CanadaGAP™ and SAI Global Assurance Services Ltd. to describe the determination by a qualified authority that the supplier meets the standard and that its food safety program is being maintained on an ongoing basis. This involves having a third party auditor from the Certification Body visit the operation, review the food safety manuals and related records, interview the facility manager and staff, and assess the company's conformance to the CanadaGAP™ Audit Checklist. Those who pass the audit are certified to the program. On February 24th 2015, SAI Global certified Urban Barns with CanadaGAP™ "Certification Option C", assuring compliance to the CanadaGAP™ standard.
Certification indicates that the operation has a system of procedures to minimize the risk of contamination to the produce grown at Urban Barns. SAI Global Assurance Services Ltd. certifies processes, not products. The auditor gathers evidence to attest to the ongoing maintenance of the food safety system, rather than simply gaining a snapshot at a given point in time.
"Our CanadaGAP™ certification is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and allows Urban Barns to meet the food safety requirements of the international marketplace allowing Urban Barns to sell its produce to a greater number of clients." stated Richard Groome, President and CEO of Urban Barns.
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Urban Barns uses patent pending and proprietary equipment to produce affordable leafy vegetables in a secure and controlled indoor environment. By setting up subsidiary facilities and growing locally, Urban Barns can focus on supplying any community, irrespective of the regional climate, effectively reducing shipping times and related spoilage costs. Urban Barns has the unique ability to scale and cater to the demands of all major communities. The company's commitment to consumers is reflected through its motto, "Fresh. Local. Green."
Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth above may include forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties. Words such as "may", "could", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "plan", and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs of management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Urban Barns does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements and cautions investors to consider all other risks and uncertainties, including those disclosed in Urban Barns' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
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