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Archived - Non-federally Registered Sector

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This page was archived due to the coming into force of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. Archived information is provided for reference, research or record-keeping purposes only. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. For current information visit Food.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency enforces the safety and nutritional quality provisions of the Food and Drugs Act (FDA).

The non-federally registered sector encompasses a wide range of products, including infant foods, alcoholic beverages, bakery products, and cereal products. These foods may be marketed intra-provincially, inter-provincially, or imported. The jurisdiction for inspection of non-federally registered foods is shared between the CFIA and provincial/ territorial governments because the sector also includes a large variety of foods that are marketed solely intra-provincially.


The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations have now been finalized and will come into effect on January 15, 2019.

The new consolidated regulations will require food businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial borders to have licences, as well as preventive controls that outline steps to address potential risks to food safety. They will also help reduce the time it takes to remove unsafe food from the marketplace by requiring businesses to trace their food back to their supplier and forward to whom they sold their products.

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