Inspection, compliance and enforcement

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, other requirements will be introduced in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) sets federal regulatory requirements, makes sure regulated parties are following those requirements, and takes action when they are not. Industry is responsible for meeting federal regulatory requirements. Provinces and territories enforce regulations under their jurisdiction.

CFIA provides support along the path to compliance by providing industry with the tools, resources, guidance, and services they need to understand and follow regulations.

CFIA strives to be transparent and accountable in how it does business. In addition to providing industry with recourse options, as provided by law, CFIA encourages continuous feedback and dialogue with regulated parties.

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