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Food inspection guidance: commodity inspection

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.

Find operational guidance for the verification of a regulated party's product or thing against regulatory standards or requirements. This includes food and commodity-specific guidance for the analysis of a product or thing by inspection staff.

Common inspection guidance

The following guidance is common to all commodity inspection tasks as well as preventive control inspection and sample collection inspection tasks

Commodity inspection

Basic label verification

Container integrity verification

Grade verification

Ingredient verification

Net quantity verification

Nutrient content and claims verification

Permission verification

Commodity specific guidance

The following guidance is in the process of being updated to fully align with the new inspection architecture

Dairy and milk products

Eggs and egg products

Fish and seafood

Fresh fruit and vegetables


Maple and maple products

Processed products

Meat and poultry products

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