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Amendments to the Feeds Regulations (Feed modernization)

Title or working title of the regulatory initiative

Amendments to the Feeds Regulations (Feed modernization)

Description of the objective

These proposed amendments would modernize the Feeds Regulations in order to reduce overlap and redundancy; increase responsiveness to industry changes; and address gaps, weaknesses and inconsistencies. These amendments will also provide more clarity, flexibility and transparency to affected regulated parties.

Minimizing the risks associated with livestock feeds manufactured in or imported into Canada is one of the principal anticipated outcomes of the proposal. Feed is an integral component that underpins food production in Canada. Safe and effective feeds contribute to the production of healthy livestock and safe foods of animal origin for human consumption.

The proposed regulations would move towards an approach that is less prescriptive and focused on the overall health and safety outcomes of the system. Under this proposed approach, feed operators would be required to conduct hazard identification and put in place preventive controls and good manufacturing practices to address risks posed by identified hazards. It would also introduce a strong, more transparent feed ingredient assessment and authorization process to support a safe and competitive feed supply chain. The proposal will permit the consideration and adoption of ingredient authorization processes and decisions of other jurisdictions to reduce burden and promote market access.

Enabling act

Feeds Act

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There would be business impacts. The affected stakeholders include commercial feed manufacturers, ingredient manufacturers, on-farm feed producers and feed products retailers. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply. The CFIA is currently conducting these analyses.

CFIA would include transitional provisions to assist industry readiness.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)

The proposed amendments reflect internationally recognized standards and management-based requirements, including good manufacturing practices and the World Organization for Animal Health Terrestrial Code. This has the effect of aligning Canadian feed requirements with those of our trading partners.

Domestically, the CFIA is working to align the proposed amendments to the Feeds Regulations with the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations wherever possible. This will provide for a consistent regulatory and enforcement approach across the CFIA.

Internationally, the CFIA is also considering EU and US animal feed safety standards and requirements as part of the regulatory development process. The CFIA is working to stay informed of feed regulatory requirements in the USA and is working to align Canadian requirements wherever possible to facilitate future regulatory cooperation efforts. This has been identified as a potential regulatory cooperation project under the Canada – United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC).

Public consultation opportunities

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in winter 2020. A public comment period of 75 days will be available for Canadians, other interested parties and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency completed cross-country consultations in spring 2016 with affected stakeholders and has since conducted further targeted online consultations with stakeholders regarding four technical documents to be incorporated by reference.

Departmental contact

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the FRP

This initiative was first included in the 2014 to 2016 update.

For more information

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