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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 indefinitely.

This applies to all new requirements that were slated to take effect on July 15, 2020 for manufactured foods including licencing, preventative control plans, record keeping and reporting.

RCC will advise on details for when these new regulations will start being enforced.  Any questions from retailers on Safe Food for Canadians legislation can be forwarded to Jason McLinton, VP Grocery Division and Regulatory Affairs,  [email protected].

See also: Ministerial Exemption process for meat and poultry products during COVID-19

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.



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