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Recognizing foreign food safety control systems

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.

Recognition of foreign systems occurs when two countries' food safety control systems can achieve comparable levels of food safety, based on comprehensive laws, implementation and oversight programs, and monitoring of regulatory performance.

Foreign food safety systems recognition framework
An overview of the food safety systems recognition framework.

Foreign food safety recognition questions and answers
Access further information related to foreign food safety recognition.

Regulatory requirements: Recognition of foreign systems for meat products and live or raw shellfish
Understand the program for meat inspection system approval.

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