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Preventive controls for food – Meat products

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.


Before you access information related to preventive controls for meat products, make sure you review the information on General food requirements and guidance. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) set out certain requirements, such as licensing, preventive controls and traceability that apply to most food commodities.

Additional information can also be found at Food-specific requirements and guidance – Meat products and food animals.

These documents provide information on select preventive control practices for operators to mitigate food safety risks associated with the preparation of processed meat products. This information is intended to inform and support the development and implementation of a preventive control plan.

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