As of today, food businesses manufacturing in or exporting to Canada need to be compliant with the new Safe Food For Canadians Act (SFCA) and the Safe Food For Canadians Regulations (SFCR). These new additions to the Canadian food landscape replace 14 sets of regulations which had previously been the standard for compliance.
What are the Safe Food for Canadians Act and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
Similar to the enforcement of the FSMA regulations in the United States, the increasing complexities of modern food production and supply chains have necessitated this demand which will see the government of Canada’s food safety focus shifting even further towards the prevention of foodborne illness.
Its effect on government sees the consolidation of the Fish Inspection Act, the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the food provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.
What this means for Canadian consumers, in summary, is that:
- Food is as safe as possible for Canadian consumers
- Consumer protection is enhanced by targeting unsafe practices
- Tougher penalties will be enforced by activities that put health and safety at risk
- Enhanced control over imports are now granted
- Establishment of a more consistent inspection regime across all food commodities
- Strengthening of food traceability
How does Safefood 360° comply with the SFCA and SFCR?
As the SFCA and SFCR bring Canada closer in line with other regulations such as FSMA in terms of its reach and enforcement, we are pleased to announce that Safefood 360° is compatible with the new changes out-of-the box.
This means that users operating Safefood 360° at their facilities can operate securely in the knowledge that their goods are compliant with the changes in Canadian law.
For a more comprehensive understanding of where your business stands in regards to compliance with the changes in Canada you should compare your business against the full regulations.
Safefood 360° is committed to ensuring our users are compliant with all major retailer and technical standards globally.
Please let us know your feedback and thoughts, and should you require any further assistance with complying with these changes, our support team is available through the software to assist you.