Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Announcement

cfia logoMaking food safer and creating more trade opportunities for businesses

June 13, 2018. Canadians want to know that the food they eat is safe. The speed, volume and complexity of food production have produced significant new risks and challenges, which require continual improvement to our food safety system. Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part II (CGII).

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will protect Canadian families by putting a greater emphasis on preventing risks to food safety. The regulations will provide clear and consistent rules for food commodities so consumers can be confident that food on grocery shelves is safer to eat, whether it is produced in Canada or abroad.

The new consolidated regulations are the result of an unprecedented level of consultations with stakeholders and consumers since the Safe Food for Canadians Act was passed in 2012, and they will come into force on January 15, 2019. The period between the final publication of the regulations in CGII and coming into force will give businesses time to familiarize themselves with and prepare for the new requirements, including licensing, traceability and preventive controls.

The new rules will also be consistent with international food safety standards, and will strengthen Canada’s food safety system, enable industry to innovate, and create greater market access opportunities for Canadian food products exported abroad. Learn more…

Source: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/making-food-safer-and-creating-more-trade-opportunities-for-businesses-685379641.html