Canada is changing its Safe Food Regulations
New Safe Food law and regulations will replace 14 sets of regulations in Canada starting January 15. Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are going to improve what is described as "one of the strongest food safety systems in the world".
The speed, volume, and complexity of modern food production need to be responded by new. regulations on food safety in order to minimize new risks and challenges, claims the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
"Responding to these challenges is critical to maintaining Canada’s reputation as a world leader in food safety and to help Canada’s food businesses remain trusted both at home and abroad", according to the agency.
CFIA says the new regulations “will provide clear and consistent rules for food commodities so consumers can be confident that food on grocery shelves is safer to eat, whether it is produced in Canada or abroad.”
In the new law, Canada is recognizing new threats to food safety, changing consumer preferences and prevention-focused international standards. The Safe Food law will reduce the unnecessary administrative burden on businesses by replacing 14 sets of regulations with one and will help maintain and grow market access for Canada’s agri-food and agricultural sector, according to Food Safety News website.
The new consolidated regulations will require food businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial borders to have licenses, as well as preventive controls that outline steps to address potential risks to food safety. The new law is also expected to reduce the time it takes to remove unsafe food from the marketplace by requiring businesses to trace their food back to their supplier and forward to whom they sold their products.
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