Safe Food for Canadians: Regulations Starting January 15, 2019

Fact Sheet: Traceability

fresh produce grocer Traceability is the ability to track the movement of a food or a food commodity, one step back and one step forward. Under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), new traceability requirements will apply to most food businesses that:

  • import food
  • export food
  • distribute or send food products across provincial or territorial borders
  • manufacture, process, treat, preserve, grade, store, package or label food to be exported or sent across provincial or territorial borders
  • grow and harvest fresh fruits or vegetables to be exported or sent across provincial or territorial borders
  • slaughter food animals from which meat products are derived, where the meat product is exported or sent across provincial or territorial borders
  • store and handle edible meat products in their imported condition for inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • sell food to consumers at retail, which would need to be traced one step back but not forward to the consumer

Find out what traceability requirements apply to you and when by using the traceability interactive tool. It only takes 5 minutes.

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