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"We began consulting with and talking to many businesses and
operators within the food sector back in 2014," she explains. "We
undertook a variety of different ways to engage them, including
meetings and targeted conversations with business owners of all
sizes and offerings. We really covered the waterfront over a fouryear period to understand what the issues and concerns were."
The CFIA also met with national associations, including Retail
Council of Canada (RCC), to ensure all considerations with respect to the regulations were addressed.
"RCC was involved in all consultations with the CFIA," states
Jason McLinton, RCC's Vice President, Grocery Division and
Regulatory Affairs. "We wanted to make sure that, from retailers'
point-of-view, the regulations made sense and that there was flexibility built in to them in order for retailers across the country to
realistically and efficiently comply with all requirements."
Although the SFCR is centred on businesses that produce food
for interprovincial trade, and import and export food out of Canada,
it also applies to the retail sector through its provisions that pertain
to traceability requirements. The Regulations also carry over all of
the labelling and packaging requirements that had previously been
in other regulations. So, businesses undertaking activities related
to the packaging and labelling of food for the purpose of selling
that food to consumers will be affected by the Regulations.
"A recall can be very expensive for retailers," says McLinton. "By
having stronger traceability requirements included in the Regulations reduces the time it will take retailers to identify and remove
unsafe foods from the market, resulting in the protection of the safety of Canadian consumers, as well as cost savings for businesses."
In addition, as Switucha points out, the Regulations also support
Canadian businesses, helping them in their bid to maintain competitiveness on the world stage.
"The food industry is constantly changing," says Switucha.
"And risks with the development of food are also changing quite
rapidly. We felt that the regulatory framework in Canada needed
to be nimbler to meet these risks and reflective of the level of innovation that's happening within the food supply chain. Canada's
trading partners are also moving to modernizing their regulations, so we felt that we needed to stay pace and support the ability
of Canadian producers to export, because our ability to participate and be competitive in the world market is dependent on our domestic regulatory system."
For retailers and other businesses trying to determine what next steps should be
taken on their way to compliance, Switucha says that there are three main areas that
retailers would be wise to focus on.
"Licensing is the first requirement. Any business that's undertaking an activity outlined in the Regulations needs to be licensed. The second area is the requirement that
is based on international standards for preventive controls and the need for preventive control plans. The third area is the traceability requirements," she says, continuing, "We've spent a lot of time and effort in preparing a full suite of guidance material
that's available on our website in both official languages to help businesses understand what they need to do to prepare and comply."
For more information about the SFCR and guidance related to education and compliance,
visit www.inspection.gc.ca/SafeFood. To access RCC's SFCR Guidebook, visit www.retailcouncil.org/research/safe-food-for-canadians-meeting-regulatory-requirements.

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