Canadian Food Inspection Agency and SFCR

Safe Food for Canadians Regulations to go into effect next year.

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The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) have been published in Canada Gazette, Part II (CGII) and are scheduled to come into force January 15, 2019. Devised to put a greater emphasis on preventing risks to food safety, the regulations, which will be consistent with international food safety standards, will provide clear rules for food commodities. Once the regulations are fully in force, Canadian food businesses exporting foods that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can leverage their SFCR licenses to demonstrate their food safety controls meet their U.S. importers’ requirements under the U.S. Foreign Supplier Verification Program.  


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will update Canadians and stakeholders through social media and the Government of Canada website as the new measures are implemented and come into effect.

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