Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)
The SFCR combines several regulations that govern food. It consolidates the Fish inspection Act, the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Meat Inspection Act and the provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act that apply to food products.
It focusses on three areas: improved food safety oversight, strengthened food safety legislative authorities, and enhanced international market opportunities.
Publication of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) in the Canada Gazette, Part II occurred on June 13, 2018 and the new regulations came into effect on January 15, 2019. We can help you develop your Preventive Control Plan, so that you can apply for your SFCR Licence. The new Labelling regulations came into effect by December 14, 2021.
Additional amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations have been published in Canada Gazette Part II on July 20, 2022. The regulations came into force on July 20, 2002, but there is 3.5 year transition period ending on January 1, 2026.
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
If you export to the Unites States, you need to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which include the Foreign Supplier Verification programs. These programs require that the companies that import your products into the US ensure that the products meet applicable US safety standards.
You, as a foreign supplier, must meet the requirements for Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Food or Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.
Some products such as juice, fish and fishery products, alcoholic beverages, low-acid canned foods and meat products may be exempt.
Your American customer must approve you as a supplier. This can be achieved by annual on-site audits, sampling and testing, or a review of your relevant food safety records.
We are PCQI certified and can help you comply with these requirements.