Brian Sterling

Brian Sterling
SCS Consulting

B.Sc.

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Introduction
Sterling is an outspoken advocate and implementer of food safety and traceability solutions, who has been consulting and conducting research into legalized cannabis and infused food and drinks since 2015. While he has spearheaded food-related projects with companies and regulators around the world since 2003, his achievements go well beyond the food industry to include chemical manufacturing, telecommunications, and agriculture.
Additional affiliations
May 2016 - June 2016
SCS Consulting
Position
  • President and CEO
July 2015 - April 2016
Safe Food Canada
Position
  • Founding CEO
Description
  • Responsible for all aspects of operations, reporting to the board of directors.
July 2012 - August 2015
Institute of Food Technologists
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Responsible for business development and management of the center's projects.

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Publications (17)
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Background Canada is one of the few countries in the world to have legalized Cannabis. Cannabis was legalized in October 2018, but not cannabis-infused food products, also known as edibles. These products will be legalized by October 2019. This study examines how consumers view the legalization of cannabis-infused food products, when cannabis becam...
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Cannabis-infused consumables may become a fact of life in Canada by the end of 2019 and, according to this study, food companies are already seriously considering their options for entering the cannabis-infused consumables market. Food and beverage businesses continuously search for growth; new products using cannabis as an ingredient are seen by m...
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Cannabis-infused consumables may become a fact of life in Canada by the end of 2019 and, according to this study, food companies are already seriously considering their options for entering the cannabis-infused consumables market. Food and beverage businesses continuously search for growth; new products using cannabis as an ingredient are seen by m...
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The cannabis industry shares clear similarities with agriculture, food, tobacco and pharmaceuticals: it is grown as a crop, may be consumed as a food or ingredient, often inhaled as smoke or vapour, and is a psychoactive drug. As Canada moves towards legalizing recreational cannabis, this paper proposes a common framework that businesses operatin...
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The purpose of the study is to gain insights from studies in industries other than food into the issue of social license to operate. The intention is to coalesce knowledge about the lessons learned and critical factors to consider with regards to strengthening mutual trust among stakeholders and achieving a social license to operate. The intention...
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Foodborne diseases cause about 48 million illnesses each year in the United States, of which about 9.4 million are caused by known pathogens (Scallan and others, 2011; Dewey - Mattiaand others, 2013). The Government of Canada estimates that there are about 4 million cases of foodborne illness in Canada every year. The total estimate (specified pat...
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Safe Food Canada's mandate is to modernize the way in which people learn about food safety and food protection. We believe this to be the first study that looks specifically at investment by private sector food companies to support food safety training and education. The aim of this exploratory study is to better understand what is currently occurr...
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This session will review the results of yearlong research into the utility and impact of traceability in managing the dramatically changing nature of the international seafood industry. The presentation will summarize the findings of recent investigations by the Global Food Traceability Center into major seafood producing and consuming regions, suc...
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The traceability practices and systems of 48 separate seafood businesses were assessed as part of an evaluation of 9 global seafood value chains (from catch to point of sale to the consumer). The purpose was to gain insights and provide knowledge about the impact of traceability on improving seafood industry business performance, including reducing...
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Executive Summary Regulatory agencies around the world are actively engaged in rulemaking to improve the traceability of foods. Given the complexity of the global food system, and the variety of foods consumed today, developing regulations and guidance on improving traceability practices across the entire industry is a challenge. There is a need fo...
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The food traceability regulations of 21 Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) countries were examined with attention to whether these regulations are comprehensive for all food commodities and processed foods. The countries were evaluated based on responses to a series of questions that were developed to allow assessment of...
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The Institute of Food Technologists held Traceability Research Summits on July 14, August 22, and November 1, 2011, to address how to meet the growing requirement for agriculture and food traceability. Each meeting had a group of about 50 individuals who came from food companies, trade associations, local, state, and federal governments, 3rd-party...
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Every food producer, processor, re-packer, distributor and retailer is being affected by the demand for product tracing and tracking. Food industry organizations face significant risks if found non-compliant with regulatory requirements that are changing rapidly. However, enterprises can also find ways to use traceability to grow their markets, red...

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Projects (4)
Project
Ongoing investigation into the value chain impacts of enhanced food traceability systems and processes at a macro level.