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New traceability requirements under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

June 2018

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Traceability requirements

Find out which traceability requirements apply to your business by using our traceability interactive tool.

The ability to track a food product through the supply chain is a key step to maintaining the safety of food in Canada. It also helps ensure a timely response if a food safety issue is detected. That's why, under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, new traceability requirements are included.

Generally, businesses are required to prepare and keep records that:

Who is subject to the new traceability requirements

Under the regulations, new traceability requirements apply to most food businesses that:

The traceability requirements do not apply to restaurants and other similar businesses that sell food as meals or snacks.

How do new traceability requirements help make food safer for Canadians

The new requirements significantly reduce the time it takes businesses to remove unsafe food from the market, protecting Canadians. Additionally, the new requirements minimize the scope of recalls, resulting in only the affected food being recalled or disposed of. This contributes to reducing the cost of recalls for businesses.

To learn more about the SFCR, visit our tools, information and resources.

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