Food

Canada is recognized as having one of the strongest food safety systems in the world. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) make our food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace.

Under these regulations, as of January 15, 2019, new licensing, preventive control and traceability requirements apply to food businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial boundaries.

Food businesses are also subject to the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations.

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SFCR timelines

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements are being phased in over the following 12 to 30 months.

Find out if and when the new requirements apply to your business.

Services and information

Food recalls and allergy alerts

Consult the list of the most recent public advisories for high-risk food recalls. The CFIA issues public advisories for all food products where consumption could cause serious health consequences.

Information for consumers

Everyone has a role to play in food safety. Find out how to keep yourself and your family safe by following safe food handling practices at home and staying informed.

Licensing

Find out if your food business needs a licence, when and how to apply and other related information – including tips to avoid delays during the licence application process.

Getting started: Toolkit for food businesses

Use our interactive tools and other resources to find out how and when the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations apply to your business and what steps you need to take.

General food requirements and guidance

Businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial boundaries must meet new requirements.

Food-specific requirements and guidance

In addition to general requirements, other requirements apply to specific foods.

Importing food

Importers require a licence under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. Find out what other requirements apply to importers.

Exporting food

Businesses that prepare food for export or that require an export certificate need a licence. Find out what other requirements apply to exporters.

Labelling, standards of identity and grades

Learn about requirements for labelling, standards and grades.

Guidance Finder: Food

Our Guidance Finder can help you narrow down your search for information on food regulations by using filters, keywords or a combination of both.

Food safety and emergency response

Learn about the CFIA's approach to food safety investigations and recalls.

Inspection, compliance and enforcement

Learn about the CFIA's approach to compliance and enforcement, and guidance for inspectors.

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Safe Food for Canadians Regulations videos
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Watch these videos to learn more about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

Exporting to the U.S.
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Find out how an SFC licence can help businesses comply with their U.S. importers' requirements.

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