Food safety and emergency response
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.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) coordinates food emergency response across Canada. Our top priority is to ensure a timely and effective response to food safety emergencies.
The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) require that you notify the CFIA immediately when you suspect that your company has sold, distributed or imported a product that may pose a risk to consumers.
Food recall warnings
Find out about the most recent public warnings for high-risk food recalls.
Complete listing of all recalls and allergy alerts
Access a list of all recalls and allergy alerts.
Report a food safety or labelling concern
Access a form to submit a food safety or labelling concern.
How it works: Canada's food safety system
Learn more about how Canada's food safety system works.
The Canadian food safety system: Food recalls
Discover the food safety investigation and recall process.
Interactive tool: The food safety investigation and recall process
Use an interactive tool to learn more about the food safety investigation and recall process.
Know the requirements
Regulatory requirements: Preventive controls - Investigation and notification, complaints and recall
An explanation of the requirements found in Part 4 – Preventive controls, Division 5 of the SFCR. Get a better understanding of the requirements to help you determine if you meet them.
Food and Drugs Act
For information about food safety, refer to Sections 4 and 5.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act
For information about recall orders, refer to Section 19.
Recall procedure: A guide for food businesses
Guide to prepare for an effective food recall.
CFIA notification and recall contact list
Access the contact list to notify the CFIA immediately when you suspect that your company has sold, distributed or imported a product that may pose a serious risk to consumers.
Food incident response process
Obtain guidance on activities relating to food safety response.
Protocol for CFIA's sharing of information during food safety investigations and recalls
Find out about the CFIA's communications and information sharing practices during food safety investigations and recalls.
- Food allergies and allergen labelling – Information for consumers
- Causes of food poisoning
- Canada's foodborne illness outbreak response protocol
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