Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Published
The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) have been published in the Canada Gazette Part II. By consolidating 14 different sets of food regulations into one, the SFCR represents a significant modernization of Canada’s food regulatory landscape. Food processors most affected by the new regulations are those shipping product out of province or exporting to another country. With implementation of the SCFR, all manufacturers (with a few exceptions) will require a federal license and have in place a written Preventative Control Plan describing how they mitigate food safety risks. Previously, this requirement was limited to a subset of food commodities. The new regulations come into force Jan. 15, 2019 with some requirements phased in depending on food commodity and business size. More information can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agencies’ Safe Food for Canadians web portal.