Reference Listing of Accepted Construction Materials, Packaging Materials and Non-Food Chemical Products
The Reference Listing of Accepted Construction Materials, Packaging Materials and Non-Food Chemical Products is a list of materials and non-food chemicals which have been found by the CFIA to be acceptable for use in establishments operating under the authority of the Agency. The primary purpose of this publication was to provide a ready reference for both CFIA inspectors and establishment staff, of products that have been submitted and accepted intended for specific use.
NOTE: The CFIA no longer requires industry to obtain pre-approval of construction materials, packaging materials, non-food chemicals and working apparel. While the CFIA will no longer be pre-approving these materials, the reference listing will continue to be available on the CFIA website as a reference only.
For the most up-to-date information, please see:
- Guidance for Food Establishments Concerning Construction Materials and Packaging Materials and Non-Food Chemicals
- Questions and Answers: Repealing requirements for pre-market registration of construction materials, packaging materials and non-food chemicals used in federally registered meat establishments
- Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 – Canada Gazette, Part II
Please be advised, on July 2, 2014 the Government of Canada repealed the requirement for pre-registration of construction materials, packaging materials and non-food chemicals used in federally registered meat establishments through changes to the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.
With amendments to the Egg Regulations and Fish Inspection Regulations on May 8, 2013 there is no longer a similar regulatory requirement for fish, seafood and eggs. In addition, no regulations exist for dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, non-meat manufactured and processed products.
While the CFIA no longer requires industry to obtain pre-approval of construction materials, packaging materials, non-food chemicals and working apparel. The Reference Listing of Accepted Construction Materials, Packaging Materials and Non-Food Chemical Products database will continue to be available as a reference on the CFIA website. It is important to note that food establishments remain responsible for demonstrating that the construction materials, packaging materials and non-food chemicals used in their facilities are safe and suitable for their intended use. Table 1 in Guidance for Food Establishments Concerning Construction Materials and Packaging Materials and Non-Food Chemicals provides regulated parties with the different options to support this diligence on the part of the food industry (e.g. previously approved CFIA documentation, Health Canada letters and Supplier or Manufacturer Letters of Guarantee.)
Anyone who wishes to have their non-food chemical product or packaging material assessed in order to obtain a Letter of no Objection (LONO) can continue to voluntarily submit their application directly to Health Canada for an evaluation.
Health Canada will continue to evaluate submissions for packaging materials, incidental additives, and processing aids. If deemed safe for use, Health Canada will issue a LONO to you. Please note, in such cases, the CFIA's reference listing will not be updated as a result of these specific submissions.
For further information regarding Health Canada LONO, please contact:
Food Packaging Materials and Incidental Additives Section
Chemical Health Hazard Assessment Division
Bureau of Chemical Safety
Food Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch
251 Sir Frederick G. Banting Driveway, Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9 Address Locator: 2201C
The use of pesticides in a food plant
Only those commercial pesticides that have been registered with Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) and its Regulations and have been issued a PCP Registration Number, along with specific directions for use in a food processing plant are permitted for use in a commercial food plant, in keeping with the instructions outlined on the registered label.
To determine if a product meets these requirements, consult PMRA's Public Registry.
If you wish to have a pesticide registered for use in a food plant, application information and submission forms are available from the PMRA.
Should you require further information on a pesticide product, please contact PMRA:
Toll Free Line within Canada: 1-800-267- 6315
For calls outside of Canada: 1-613-736-3799
Use of "marketing claims" as advertising related to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or other government agencies:
Please note that any references related to CFIA logo, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada or Health Canada certifying acceptance, approval, evaluation, registration, homologation or a category in the CFIA's reference listing, e.g. : sub-category N1, are not acceptable and should not be used as marketing tools on a private label and or any advertising tools. This is also applicable to any other communication mediums with the clientele, e.g. : website, catalogue, brochure etc., in regards to the mandatory pre-market evaluation of non-food chemicals, construction materials and packaging materials by the present program prior to their use in registered food establishments in Canada.
Therefore our policies do not permit the use of the CFIA's name or any other government agencies as mentioned above by a commercial entity. This practice may be considered as an endorsement from our Agency or other government agencies and consequently should be deleted from any marketing tools used by a Canadian or a foreign manufacturer.
The CFIA does not distribute Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for products included in this list. To obtain MSDS sheets, you can contact the manufacturer of the products directly, or you can contact the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
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