Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) coming into force January 15
With just under a month to go before the new SFCR (Safe Food for Canadians Regulations) come into force, our clients in the food industry are active with excitement (and questions!) about the new regulations. Note that not all food businesses need a license by January 15, 2019, despite this being the coming into force date for the SFCR. In fact, I would venture to say that most of our valued NHP/food clients have until July 15, 2020 to comply with licensing requirements. However, please confirm this for your business by navigating the links on the CFIA website such as Timelines, Licensing, Licensing Interactive tool (to help you determine what license you need), and My CFIA. These are all helpful resources.
In order to apply for a license, you will need to create a ‘My CFIA’ account where the application process is very straightforward and takes very little time to complete. Note though, that all requirements must be put into place prior to applying. The cost is $250 per license.
There are three fundamental elements in the SFCR you should be aware of (which are likely to be ‘new’ to your operation):
- Licenses (part 3 of the Regulations)
- Preventative Controls (Part 4 of the Regulations)
- Traceability (Part 5 of the Regulations).
If your facility already has a hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) plan in place, meeting these requirements should be fairly easy, as they are simply an enhancement of what was previously Regulation.
If you are newer to the food industry (let’s say you are an importer of NHPs but also import some food products) the SFCR may be slightly more challenging – but not necessarily. Not to worry! As mentioned above, there is a tremendous amount of information on the CFIA SFCR landing page to help you determine what your next steps are, including a Toolkit for Businesses.
If you need further help, don’t hesitate to contact NHP Consulting. We have experts on staff who can support you in meeting the requirements of the Safe Foods for Canadians Act and Regulations.