Canada's New Food Safety Rule to Impact Imports

Canada's New Food Safety Rule to Impact Imports

Canada's proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) would require food businesses to have preventive controls in place to identify and manage food safety risks before products are sold to consumers.

February 20, 2017
David Acheson

"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."

While this may sound like a quote about the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act, it's actually a direct quote from the government of Canada about its newly proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), published January 21. When finalized, the regulations will bring into force the Safe Food for Canadians Act initially published in 2012 – five years ago – again, ringing a bell of familiarity.

And the similarities are not coincidental. As the government also explains: "The proposed regulations are in line with approaches being taken by these key trading partners to better manage food safety risks" and to ensure Canada's trading partners "continue to have confidence in our food safety system because the proposed regulations are aligned with internationally-recognized standards."

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