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Compliance and enforcement activities

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) uses a risk-based approach to verify that domestically produced and imported products meet Canadian standards and regulations. CFIA compliance and enforcement actions occur all along the supply chain and they involve numerous stakeholders and jurisdictions.

What information is available

The CFIA began posting information about its compliance and enforcement activities in March 2011. Each quarterly posting will reflect the data collected during the previous quarter.

Enforcement tools

CFIA compliance and enforcement activities can occur:

Regulated parties are responsible for complying with all acts and regulations that apply to them, including those administered and enforced by the CFIA.

When it comes to enforcement, the CFIA takes a risk-based approach to compliance management. When the CFIA identifies non-compliance with the legislation it administers and enforces, it has a number of tools it can use to respond.

The CFIA clearly identifies likely consequences for the regulated parties, and applies predictable, consistent enforcement. Regulated parties can expect that the CFIA will take any non-compliance seriously and will deal with it in a professional manner.

Applying 1 or more of the tools, the CFIA can do the following:

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