Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
The public consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations closed April 21, 2017.
Thank you to everyone who participated and provided comments. We are now in the process of reviewing feedback to finalize the regulations and prepare for implementation.
- Update on the public consultation (January to April 2017)
- Next steps in the regulatory process
- What food businesses can do now
- Useful information
- Related initiatives
Update on the public consultation (January to April 2017)
In January 2017, the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 90-day public comment period. At the same time, the CFIA sought input on a series of accompanying documents incorporated by reference. The consultation was an opportunity for all Canadians to have their say on the proposed regulations.
We had the privilege to engage with thousands in-person and virtually. During multiple webinars, information sessions and other meetings, we provided an overview of the proposal and the available tools, resources and guidance materials. Most importantly, we had the invaluable opportunity to hear directly from food businesses and to answer questions.
Next steps in the regulatory process
We are in the next phase of the regulatory process, which involves reviewing and analyzing feedback. We are considering over 1,700 submissions to finalize the regulations, and the guidance and tools required to support implementation. As with other Government of Canada regulatory initiatives, this process is expected to take several months.
Final publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II is anticipated in Spring 2018, as noted in the CFIA's 2017-19 Forward Regulatory Plan.
What food businesses can do now
While the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are not yet in force, here are some steps you can take to get ready:
- The key elements of the proposed regulations are based on international food safety best practices. For example, having preventive controls and traceability systems in place helps to protect your customers and your reputation. Refer to the archived tools, resources and guidance materials to familiarize yourself with these concepts so you can plan ahead and even start implementing them in your business processes. Final versions of these documents, as well as additional resources, will be shared once the regulations are published.
- Sign up for a secure My CFIA account today to access online services as they become available throughout 2017. When the new regulations come into force, you will access information and complete many business transactions through My CFIA, including applying for a licence.
- We understand that guidance on regulations is helpful to food businesses. Ask CFIA is your single point of entry to ask questions to help you understand and comply with current regulatory requirements. This service is available to many sectors today and will continue to expand throughout 2017.
- Stay connected to receive the latest news and updates on this initiative. Sign up for email notifications and subscribe to The CFIA Chronicle, our quarterly newsletter. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
- Safe Food for Canadians Act
- Interactive tool: Would you need a licence?
- Interactive tool: Would you need a Preventive Control Plan?
- Interactive tool: What would your traceability requirements be?
- Video: What food businesses need to know
- Video: Importing food
- News release: Government of Canada proposed new rules to strengthen food safety
- Backgrounder: Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
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