By: Paula Stanley, Manager Environmental Health & Safety Group, email
The Safe Food for Canadians Act and Regulations are coming into force on January 15, 2019. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has set up the new legislation to apply to all food sold in Canada, and will include new ways to manage risk while keeping in line with the United Sates approach to HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) systems. This change to a single regulatory framework that encompasses all food commodities means that licensing will be required, instead of the current registered establishment process.
You will now need a license if you do any of the following:
- Manufacture, process, treat, grade preserve and or package and label food for export or movement across provinces
- Export a food product that requires an export certificate
- Slaughter animals for food
- Store or handle meat that is imported and requires inspection
- Import food
If you already have a registered establishment, nothing will change until your present registration expires; at this time, you will be required to obtain the new license.
If you are an importer that has never been registered as an establishment, you will now be required to obtain a license and have a preventative control plan in place which demonstrates the following:
- Knowledge of your supplier- are they implementing HACCP principles and good manufacturing practices?
- Understanding of the hazards related to your food(s) and how they will be managed
- A strategy outlining how you will meet the Canadian requirements
Dell Tech can help you to get these registrations in place and support your compliance through this process.
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