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Safe Food for Canadians: Meeting Regulatory Requirements for ALL Retailers, 3rd Edition

March 30, 2020

Attention retailers who sell any kind of food product in Canada, especially leaders of quality assurance and regulatory compliance.

Retailers across Canada need to be aware that, they will be responsible for complying with new requirements for selling food – even if they only sell items like gum, bottled water or chocolate bars.

RCC was successful in having enforcement activities around new requirements for the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) postponed to allow food retailers to focus on Covid-19. Postponed requirements include:

  • All new requirements that were slated to take effect on July 15, 2020 for manufactured foods, including licencing, preventive control plans, record keeping and reporting have been postponed indefinitely.
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable lot codes compliance deadline was postponed to January 15, 2021 from January 15, 2020. CFIA posted update guidance here.
  • Implementation of the requirement to upload a copy of the organic certificate for imported organic products has been postponed to January 2022.

To help Retail Council of Canada members manage new compliance requirements, the association has updated its member exclusive Safe Food for Canadians: Meeting Regulatory Requirements guidebook. This 3rd edition addresses requirements for all retailers selling any type of food and offers suggestions and resources concerning ways to comply with these updated regulations.

The updated guidebook addresses the new requirements introduced to the regulations. These regulations represent the biggest food safety regulation changes in the last 26 years and were implemented by the Government of Canada. These changes affect the management and operational practices for retailers that sell, ship or import food products between provinces. The regulations that retailers MUST be aware of include increased food traceability requirements and penalties for non-compliance. To help members understand and comply with the new regulations, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has prepared this 3rd Edition Member Exclusive Guidebook in consultation with The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Casey Regulatory Inc.

View more Safe Food for Canadians resources.