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Stronger rules, new online services for food businesses

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) February.16.2017

This guest blog post is provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The CFIA is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada’s people, environment and economy.

If you read our last blog post, you know that your food business may be impacted by the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

New rules can sometimes be difficult to understand and apply. That’s why we’re taking steps to help you get ready.

Exemptions and gradual implementation

Under the proposed regulations, all food businesses would need measures in place to manage food safety risks. However, those with $30,000 or less in gross annual food sales would not be required to write them down in a Preventive Control Plan (PCP).

Also, to support a smooth transition, some food sectors and small businesses would have more time to prepare and comply with certain requirements.

Plain language information

Though the consultation is ongoing and your business does not need to make any immediate changes, our website has many resources that can help.

Visit inspection.gc.ca/safefood to find:

  • Videos, including one for importers
  • A handbook in clear and simple language
  • Interactive tools to help you determine if you would you need a licence and a PCP, and what your traceability requirements would be
  • Fact sheets in English, French, and 10 additional languages
  • Step-by-step guides and templates for developing a PCP
  • Infographics on food safety best practices

New online services

We know that service matters. That’s why we’re working to improve how we support food businesses like yours.

Ask CFIA is a new service that provides a single point of contact to ask questions and help you understand regulatory requirements. You will benefit from timely and consistent written answers to your questions. It is available today for many sectors, and will be open to all food businesses once the regulations come into force.

My CFIA, on the other hand, offers secure, online transactional services such as licences, permits, registrations, and export certificates. You will have the ability to manage transactions anywhere, anytime through a secure account.

Have your say!

The public consultation on the proposed regulations is underway. Learn more, participate and have your say at inspection.gc.ca/safefood before April 21, 2017.

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