Fact sheets: Feeds Regulations 2021
Commercial feed mills
The Feeds Regulations, 2021 will impact a variety of stakeholders, including commercial feed mills, mixed feed manufacturers and suppliers, single ingredient feed manufacturers and suppliers, retail outlets, rendering plants that manufacture feed, livestock producers (on-farm feed mills), feed importers and feed exporters.
Commercial feed mills are businesses that manufacture mixed feeds for sale and distribution in the Canadian marketplace or for export. Commercial feed mills who manufacture single ingredient feeds should also refer to the single ingredient feed manufacturers fact sheet. Commercial feed mills who import or export feeds should also refer to the feed importers and feed exporters fact sheets.
In which cases does this fact sheet apply to you?
- You manufacture mixed feeds for sale
- You store, label, package or sell mixed feeds that you manufacture
New regulatory requirements that apply to you
Hazard analysis and preventive control plans
You must prepare, keep, maintain and implement a written preventive control plan (PCP) which will include:
- the identification and analysis of hazards associated with your feed establishment, equipment used, incoming materials, feeds, manufacturing or other processes. This would include receiving, handling or storage, and measures to prevent cross contamination
- the control measures used to prevent, eliminate or reduce the hazards identified
- preventive controls you implement to meet other regulatory requirements such as general and safety standards, labelling, recalls, complaints, import and export provisions, record-keeping and traceability
This is a new requirement.
You will require a licence if the feeds you manufacture, store, label or package are sent or conveyed across provincial borders, are to be exported or if you import feed for sale. If your mixed feeds are being sold within the same province, a licence is not required. This is a new requirement.
Traceability and record-keeping
You will be required to keep records of the feeds you manufacture and sell. This includes the mixing sheet and formula for all mixed feeds that you manufacture as well as any copies of customer formulas and veterinary prescriptions. In addition, you will be required to keep records of the incoming ingredients and mixed feeds you use and where they came from, as well as who you ship or sell the feed to. The records must include the name of the feed, the lot number, the date, and contact information. This requirement is similar to the record-keeping requirements for animal foods in the Health of Animals Regulations. This is a new requirement in the Feeds Regulations, 2021.
You may need to register feeds depending on the types of feeds you manufacture. You will still be required to register certain types of mixed feeds under Feeds Regulations, 2021. However, the number of mixed feeds requiring mandatory product registration will be reduced. This is an amended requirement.
You will be required to properly label feeds that you offer for sale. This is an amended requirement.
The new Feeds Regulations, 2021 will introduce an outcome-based and risk-based approach to feed safety and compliance through modernized regulatory requirements (hazard identification and analysis, preventive control plans, traceability and labelling requirements) and permissions (feed ingredient assessments and approvals, product registration and licences). The benefits that this new regulatory framework will provide are to:
- Safeguard feed and the food production continuum
- Attain the most effective and efficient balance between fair and competitive trade in the market; and
- Minimize regulatory burden
More feeds will be exempted from registration which means you may have a greater number of feeds available to sell. For example, product registration will not be required for a mixed feed containing 2 approved single ingredient feeds, provided it does not have any claims. Improved labelling flexibilities will allow you to provide customers with more useful information on feed labels. Preventive control programs throughout the feed chain will provide your customers with greater confidence in the safety of the feeds they purchase.
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