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Checklist for businesses

June 2018

Get Ready for the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Requirements for the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements may apply in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

Are you ready for the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations? The regulations, which come into force on January 15, 2019, will make our food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace. Learn more about the three main components of the new regulations and how to prepare for the new requirements.

Get Ready for the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations – Transcript

[Text on screen: new CFIA Safe Food For Canadians Regulations]

[Pictures of small business owners.]

You're the proud owner, or manager, of a food business.

[Text on screen: Keeping your customers safe]

Keeping your customers safe from food-borne illnesses is one of your top priorities.]

[Split image of food products. Across the image it has 7 graphics of hand washing, bacteria, garbage, cleaning, protective equipment, a check list, and a thermometer.]

[Text on screen: food safety rules]

Following food safety rules is your responsibility.

[Text on screen: Prepare]

[Split image of food business employees.]

[Text on screen: new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations]

Are you ready for the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations?

[Image of loading dock, airplane flying in the sky.]

[Text on screen: export, import, between provinces – two icons representing licences and preventive control plans appear below]

The new regulations require food businesses that export, import or sell food between provinces to have licences, as well as preventive control plans that anticipate potential risks to food safety.

[Image of grocery store shelf.]

[Text on screen: many provisions on labelling| grades| packaging| organic products]

The regulations also include many provisions on labelling, grades, packaging, organic products

[Graphic of a business man holding his hand out. Above his hand is a globe. A van, transport truck, ferry and airplane all circle in in front of the globe.]

and also require food businesses to improve their ability to trace their food back to their supplier and forward to whom they sold products.

[Split image of food business employees.]

Here's what you need to know.

[Text on screen: first, determine How & When the regulations apply to your business]

First, determine how and when the regulations apply to your business. Chances are, the new regulations apply to you.

[Man typing on computer.]

Check the timeline and prepare for the regulations to come into force.

[Text on screen: some requirements will be phased in for small businesses]

Some requirements will be phased in for small businesses.

[Text on screen: Learn & Act]

[Woman on computer.]

[Orange suitcase.]

[Text on screen: Toolkit for business]

You can find out how and when these regulations might affect you by using our toolkit for business.

[Toolkit opens up and shows 6 different icons. Each icon moves when it is named.]

Our toolkit helps you determine if you need a licence or a written preventive control plan, and explains your traceability requirements. The toolkit also provides detailed guidance to help with the more technical aspects of the regulations.

[One side of the screen shows the toolkit with the 6 icons. The other side shows hands typing on a keyboard.]

[Text on screen: sign up for My CFIA]

[Text on screen: apply for licences, electronic payment options]

Along with the toolkit, you can sign up for My CFIA, an online service that will allow you to apply for licences and offer convenient electronic payment options.

[Text on screen: Do Business]

[Footage of food production.]

Be proactive when it comes to food safety to help your business uphold its reputation, keep customers healthy, and avoid costly food recalls.

[Text on screen: good business]

Remember that safe food is your responsibility and good business.

[Text on screen: For more information visit]

[Text on screen: Canadian Food Inspection Agency / Agence canadienne d'inspection des aliments]

[Text on screen: © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada (Canadian Food Inspection Agency ), 2018.

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