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Feed regulatory modernization

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is in the process of reviewing all of its regulations for food safety, plant and animal health to improve their consistency, reduce their complexity and strengthen consumer protection. As part of a multi-year, structured and comprehensive review of its regulatory frameworks, the agency aims to ensure that safety is the overarching consideration and that regulations align with leading industry practices, and are outcome-based and transparent. Modernized regulations will reduce unnecessary regulatory burden; provide clarity and flexibility in regulations; and support innovation and changes in science and technology.

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The proposed amendments to the federal Feeds Regulations, 1983, would be a major update and aim to improve livestock feed and food safety in Canada, reflect international standards and keep up with industry innovation, science and technology.

Feed and livestock production sectors in Canada and abroad have evolved considerably since 1983, operating in an environment influenced by several changing factors such as: nutritional advancements, feed manufacturing and distribution changes, innovation in feed manufacturing technologies, emergence of new pathogens and disease agents, heightened consumer awareness of food safety, climate change, and increased globalization of trade.

Amendments to the Feeds Regulations are required to establish a feed framework that includes hazard analysis, preventive controls, traceability, increased record-keeping requirements, and licensing. These changes will better align with international regulatory frameworks and best practices. This will enable the CFIA and regulated sectors to better understand and manage risks that livestock feeds pose to animal health, human health and the environment, and will support proactive practices for managing those risks.

The ultimate objective is to develop a modernized risk- and outcome-based regulatory framework for feeds that:

Feeds Regulations, 2022

As part of the process to modernize the feed regulations, the CFIA sought feedback on proposed changes to the Feeds Regulations, 1983. The changes were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I and included a number of documents to be incorporated by reference.

Input gathered through this consultation will help shape changes to the proposed Feeds Regulations, 2022.

Proposed documents to be incorporated by reference

The proposed Feeds Regulations, 2022 include a number of documents to be incorporated by reference. Incorporation by reference (IbR) is a drafting technique that introduces the content of a document into a regulation without having to reproduce the document's text in the regulation. If a document is incorporated by reference, the incorporated wording has the same effect as if it appeared in the regulations. The following 9 IbR documents are being proposed as part of this feed regulatory initiative.

Fact sheets

Fact sheets have been developed to help regulated parties understand the requirements within the proposed Feeds Regulations, 2022.

Guidance documents

Guidance documents have been developed to help regulated parties understand the requirements within the proposed Feeds Regulations, 2022.

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