Guidance for food inspection activities
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.
Operational guidance (OG) provides information on how inspectors perform their inspection activities and must be used in conjunction with Industry Guidance (IG) that provides information on how industry can comply with the regulations.
Services and information
Domestic, import or export permission-related inspection activities, licensing, export certification, import admissibility.
Planned and as required sampling, national sampling plans, compliance verification, complaints and investigations, surveys and surveillance.
Verification against regulatory standards or requirements, analysis of a product or thing.
Evaluation of preventive controls, traceability requirements.
Food complaint investigations, food safety investigations, risk-specific responses.
Respond to risk and non-compliance, control actions, enforcement actions.
Projects with specified time frames, more than one inspection activity type.
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