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Canada Publishes Final Food Safety Regulations

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, which impact food companies that import, export or trade within Canada, were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The regulations become effective January 15, 2019. According to the regulations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will implement a new licensing system that will grant licenses to an individual or a business to conduct specific activities relating to food, such as manufacturing, treating or packaging. Under the new food safety regulations, food companies are responsible for creating a written preventive control plan that details how the business identifies and controls food safety risks pertaining to food and food animals.  Food companies also are required to develop traceability systems and maintain documentation for two years.  Ingredients and the food animals used in the products must be traceable.  Additional regulations cover labeling, standards of identity and grades, organic products, packing in food containers and other food safety standards and guidelines.

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