Timelines: when you need a food licence for your business
There are important timelines that you should be aware of to help you transition and plan towards meeting the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) requirements. The SFCR came into force on January 15, 2019 and some requirements had to be met immediately. Other requirements are being phased in over a period of 12-30 months based on food commodity, type of activity and business size.
Licensing, preventive controls, preventive control plan and traceability
The timelines for complying with licensing, preventive controls, preventive control plan and traceability requirements vary by food, activity and size of the food business. For information relevant to your food business, select the SFCR timelines that apply to you from the list below:
- Timetable: Dairy products, eggs, processed egg products, processed fruit or vegetable products
- Timetable: Fish
- Timetable: Meat products and food animals
- Timetable: Fresh fruit or vegetables
- Timetable: Honey and maple products
- Timetable: Unprocessed food used as grain, oil, pulse, sugar or beverages
- Timetable: Food additives and alcoholic beverages
- Timetable: All other foods
Organic aquaculture products
Organic aquaculture products do not need to be certified under the SFCR until January 15, 2021. Refer to Organic aquaculture products in Canada for more information.
For those applying and using inspection legends in connection with edible meat products, fish and processed egg products, you are permitted to use the former inspection legend for up to three years after the SFCR came into force on January 15, 2019.
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