The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations have been published.They will replace the existing 14 sets of regulations with one. The regulations will come into force on January 15, 2019.
Some requirements will have to be met immediately upon coming into force, while others will be phased in over a period of 12-30 months based on food commodity, type of activity and business size e.g.Organic aquaculture products will not need to be certified under the SFCR until January 15, 2021.
The period between the final publication of the regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II (CGII) and coming into force will give businesses time to familiarize themselves with and prepare for the new requirements, including licensing, traceability and preventive controls.
Learn more about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations: www.inspection.gc.ca/safefood