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Importing food to Canada: best practices

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements may apply in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

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Infographic: How to Keep Food Safe: 3 Key Principles for Importers

Keeping food safe

The following principles are considered international best practices in making sure food is safe before it enters the market.

Know Your Foreign Supplier:

Know Your Food:

Have A Plan:

Your Preventive Control Plan:

A Preventive Control Plan (PCP) describes these elements in a written document.

Tip: Check out the guide for preparing a preventive control plan - For importers.

Did you know?

As a regulated party, you are responsible for ensuring that foods imported into Canada meet the requirements of the applicable Canadian law.

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