November 27, 2018
New Safe Food for Canadians Requirements
Effective January 15, 2019, the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will go into effect and replace 14 sets of regulations with one regulation. The SFCR will increase food safety through prevention and removing unsafe food from the marketplace, and it will help maintain and grow Canada's agri-food and agricultural sectors’ market access.
To help businesses prepare, guidance and specific licensing, preventive controls and traceability information can be found via the SFCR website.
SFCR import licenses will be required for the import of all currently registered food commodities.
Licensing: A license is required if an entity is doing any of the following:
- Manufacture, process, treat, preserve, grade, package or label food, or slaughter food animals for trade or export
- Food import
- Food export requiring an export certificate
- Store and handle imported meat products
Importers will need to:
- Have an importer license
- Establish a preventive control plan (unless exempt under subsection 86(3))
- Ensure foreign suppliers are manufacturing, preparing, storing, packaging and labelling the food in accordance with section 47-81
- Investigate potential health risks and non-compliance; have procedures in place for handling complaints and recalls
- Keep clear, complete records of the food provider and intended food recipient
Exporters will need to:
- Ensure a license holder manufactures, prepares, stores, packages and labels food
- Have a license and a written preventive control plan, if a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) export certificate or another export permission is needed
- Meet Canadian and foreign country requirements
- Clearly label food for export that does not meet Canadian requirements and have written documentation that identifies that foreign requirements have been met for those food items
- Maintain clear and complete records showing the food source and food buyer
Non-Resident Importer (NRI) requirements:
- NRIs must be located in a country recognized by CFIA as having a food safety system providing the same level of public health protection as food prepared in Canada
- Imported food must meet all applicable SFCR requirements.
- More information on the countries and foods eligible to hold an NRI import license can be accessed online
- Current license and registration numbers can be used until expiration
- Upon expiration, an SFCR import license will be required
- Beginning January 15, 2019, CFIA will monitor license declarations
Applying for a SFCR license
- If you already have a CFIA registration or license, continue your normal process to renew (if it expires before January 15, 2019). Your renewed permission will be valid when SFCR becomes effective
To start the CFIA enrollment process, sign up for your My CFIA account today.
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