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Food-specific import requirements

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.

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) set out certain requirements, such as licensing, preventive controls and traceability that apply to most food commodities; however, certain food commodities have specific requirements related to grades or standards. In some cases it may be related to a health risk and additional permits or certificates are required that attests that the food is safe.


Before you access information related to a specific food commodity, make sure you review the information in, Importing food: A step by step guide.

Dairy products

Egg and processed products

Fish and seafood products

Fresh fruit and vegetables


Maple and maple products

Meat products

Processed products

Related Information

Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)
Access AIRS and learn more about import requirements for your food commodity.

Documents incorporated by reference – Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
Access all volumes of the Canadian grade compendium and the Canadian standard of identity as well as other documents that are incorporated by reference in the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

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