Νέοι Κανόνες Ασφάλειας Τροφίμων (SFCR) Στον Καναδά
The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are here
On January 15, 2019, a new era of food safety in Canada begins with the coming into force of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The SFCR make Canada's food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace.
For the food industry, the SFCR reduces administrative burden on businesses by replacing 14 sets of regulations with one. In addition, the SFCR are consistent with international standards and will help to maintain and grow market access for Canada's agri-food and agricultural sector by aligning Canadian food safety regulations with those of key trading partners, including the United States, European Union, Australia and New Zealand.
What food businesses need to know
On January 15, 2019, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) began to enforce the SFCR. With the modernized regulations, the CFIA will be better able to identify food safety risks to target inspections and take enforcement actions when industry does not meet regulatory requirements.
The regulations include new requirements related to licensing, traceability, and preventive controls, which apply to businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial boundaries.
Most businesses with $100,000 or more in gross annual food sales will have to prepare and maintain a written preventive control plan.
Some requirements have to be met immediately upon coming into force on January 15, 2019, while others will be phased in over a period of 12-30 months based on food commodity, type of activity and business size.
If a business has a previous food registration or licence with the CFIA and it expires after January 15, 2019, it will remain valid as an SFCR licence until its expiry date, provided there is a statement on it indicating that it is also a licence issued under the Safe Food for Canadians Act. As expiration approaches, the business will be required to apply for a Safe Food for Canadians Licence.
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