By: Forrest Scharf (PAg) Provincial Specialist, Fruit Crops
In November 2012, Canada enacted the Safe Food for Canadians Act in order to create a more robust and modern food safety system. The Act required development of associated regulations, and so, following significant consultation with industry, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) pre-published the proposed “Safe Food for Canadians Regulations” on January 21, 2017. The CFIA has also provided industry an additional 90-day comment period (ending April 21, 2017) before implementation of the regulations will proceed.
The proposed regulations require food businesses to have preventive controls in place to identify and manage food safety risks before products can be sold to consumers. These types of preventive controls are familiar to most growers and processors that have implemented Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety protocols or have implemented the CanadaGap on-farm food safety system.
The CFIA has developed a few easy to use resources for producers about how the regulations will impact them:
If you have questions or comments regarding the proposed regulations, please contact the CFIA.
For producers requiring food safety training to ensure compliance with the new regulations, the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre periodically offers training and has information available here.