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Fundamentals of the Post-mortem Defect Management Program

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements are being phased in over the following 12 to 30 months. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

1. Application

The Fundamentals of the Post-mortem Defect Management Program apply to a licence holder who is authorized to conduct a post-mortem defect management program concerning a food animal, other than a game animal, that is a porcine.

2. Interpretation

The following definitions apply in this document:
"defect" means a condition of the carcass or its parts that is caused by a deviation from the normal physiology of the animal or that is caused by processing operations and that may affect the edibility of the meat product derived from the carcass of the food animal and includes a generalized and systemic defect. (défaut)

"generalized defect" means a defect that presents in the form of lesions, infestations or deviations in a carcass and its parts that are easily observable, because of their numbers and/or lesions that are extensive and/or widely distributed, and where their complete removal is likely impractical. (défaut généralisé)

"monitor" means a person who performs monitoring, ensures that corrective actions are taken and preventive measures are implemented, and performs verification procedures as set out in the licence holder's preventive control plan. (surveillant)

"rejected" in respect of a carcass or its parts, means that the carcass or its part(s) has been determined to be inedible by the rejector. (rejeté)

"rejector" means a person who identifies the carcass, its parts and blood as accepted or rejected in accordance with the licence holder's preventive control plan. (rejeteur)

"screener" means a person who detects defects of the carcass and its parts, marks defects of the carcass, its parts and any blood and follows the screening procedures set out in the licence holder's preventive control plan. (trieur)

"systemic defect" means a defect that presents in the form of lesions in, or conditions of, the carcass that indicate that the general health status of the food animal from which the carcass is derived was significantly affected, due to the size, generalization or extensive nature of the lesions in or conditions of the carcass. (E.G. emaciation, septicemia/ toxemia or embolic spread of the disease via either the lymphatic or the blood stream. (défaut systémique)

3. Screening of the carcass and its parts

The preventive control plan of the licence holder must include the following procedures for the screening of the carcass and its parts before the post-mortem inspection begins:

4. Post-screening defect management measures

The preventive control plan of the licence holder must include the following procedures relating to the defect management measures that must be taken before the post-mortem inspection of the carcass is completed:

5. Monitoring, corrective actions, preventive measures and verification

5.1 The preventive control plan of the licence holder must include the following procedures for monitoring, taking corrective actions, implementing preventive measures and verification:

5.2 The licence holder must prepare and keep documents relating to the monitoring, the taking of corrective actions, the implementation of preventive measures and the verifications that are conducted in accordance with this section and must immediately notify the inspector of any unsatisfactory monitoring or verification results.

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