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FOOD SAFETY

ENSURING SAFE FOOD
FOR CANADIANS

Understanding the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
(SFCR) and how it impacts your business.
BY SEAN C. TARRY

ENSURING the safety of the food Canadians eat every day has always been a com-

mitment of the Canadian federal government and purveyors of food. However, a new
set of standards-the Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations-were recently
introduced to apply consistent requirements to all food in Canada that is imported
or prepared for interprovincial trade or export, further protecting the safety and integrity of the food served on Canadian tables every day.
The Act and Regulations, Canada's first comprehensive set of food safety regulations that apply to all food, came into force on January 15, 2019, and include a transition schedule for retailers to meet the requirements. The first wave of compliance
dates was January 15, 2019 for those individuals who are producing food in the sectors that had already previously been regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection
Agency (CFIA) under commodity-specific acts and regulations. The next wave will
come into effect in 2020. And the final wave will be in 2021.
The SFCR are a glowing example of collaboration between the federal government
and the food industry. And, as Tammy Switucha, Senior Director, Food safety Requirements at CFIA, points out, their process had to be thorough in order to capture
and address all of the concerns within the sector.
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