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Ottawa consults on new food safety rules for importations and interprovincial sales

January 25, 2017

The Government of Canada launched a public consultation on new rules aimed at strengthening food safety. The proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations would put a greater emphasis on preventing food safety risks for all foods imported into Canada or sold across provinces. The regulations would also apply to foods prepared for export.

The proposed regulations would require food businesses to have preventive controls in place to identify and manage food safety risks before products are sold to consumers. This would also reduce the time it takes to remove unsafe foods from the marketplace.

The Regulations would consolidate 13 food commodity-based regulations plus the food-related provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (CPLR) into a single and more outcome-based food regulation under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA).

Some requirements for certain food sectors would be phased in to reflect business size and different levels of industry readiness. Plain-language tools and guidance would be provided to support small businesses that are involved in importing food, or preparing food for export for interprovincial trade, in meeting the requirements.

For additional information see: Government of Canada proposes new rules to strengthen food safety

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