UPDATE: It was just announced that the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will come into force on January 15, 2019. Are you up-to-date on the new Canadian Food Safety regulations? Implementation timetables for food manufacturers (including alcoholic beverages) and food importers can be found here.
On Feb 21st, 2018, an official announcement was made that Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are expected to come into effect in 2018. The regulations target food businesses, including exporters and importers and focus on the implementation of preventive controls to manage food safety risks. The SFCR are based on the CODEX Alimentarius General Principles of Food Hygiene standard (CAC/RCP 1-1969).
Businesses that earn over $30,000 CAD in food sales must have a Preventive Control Plan (PCP). A PCP is a written document that demonstrates how food safety hazards are identified and controlled. Under the Canadian regulations, the food safety plan must include elements relating to packaging, labelling, grading, and standards of identity. In an effort to streamline the process, Sirocco Consulting team in Kelowna, BC, Canada has compiled a guide to develop your Preventive Control Plan.