Preventive controls

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, other requirements will be introduced in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) require that food businesses have preventive controls in place. Whether you import food into Canada or make food for export or to be sold interprovincially, you are required to understand and control potential food safety hazards.

The basics

Know the requirements

Application of preventive control requirements to food businesses
Find out if and when you need to comply with the preventive control requirements.

Regulatory requirements: Preventive controls
An explanation of the requirements found in Part 4 – Preventive controls of the SFCR. Get a better understanding of the requirements to help you determine if you meet them.

Preventive control plan
Find out if and when you need to have a written preventive control plan and learn how you can build and implement one.

Additional guidance

Recommended preventive controls – for establishments

Recommended preventive controls – for food


Thermal processing of food

Food-specific preventive controls

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