A New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection: Discussion Document
Contents of the Proposed Regulatory Framework

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The proposed regulations will have a number of horizontal requirements that will apply to all federally regulated food commodities traded inter-provincially and internationally such as, licensing, preventive controls, traceability, record-keeping, and a review mechanism. Certain commodity specific food safety requirements will be maintained (e.g., slaughter), as well as other commodity specific and consumer protection provisions (e.g., standards of identity, grades, inspection marks, labelling and packaging). It is expected that exemptions authorized by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (Minister) to address shortages and for market testing of new food commodities will be maintained in the proposed regulations.

In addition, the SFCA provides new authorities for disclosure of personal information and confidential business information. It provides new regulation making authorities under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act (CFIA Act) for the recall of products. In addition, consideration is being given to amending the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations (AAAMPR) to make it possible for CFIA to use this enforcement tool in relation to food commodities.

This document surveys these major components of the proposed regulatory framework and seeks feedback on specific questions. Policy and program design considerations that impact the proposed regulatory framework are also presented in some cases.

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