CFIA hosts Q & A Safe Food sessions

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be providing Q&A sessions in advance of the January 15, 2020 coming into force date of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) which affect the fresh produce industry.


CFIA is asking participants to watch the video presentation linked below. The video will not be replayed during the Q&A sessions so prior viewing is imperative.

Note: The videos were shot prior to CFIA’s decision to defer enforcement of the lot code requirement for consumer prepackaged produce. Although the regulation does come into force January 15, 2020, CFIA has confirmed it will take no enforcement action until January 15, 2021 to allow packaging inventories to be depleted.

Video: Safe Food for Canadians Regulations for the fresh fruit or vegetable sector

Question-and-answer sessions: Safe Food for Canadians Regulations requirements for the fresh fruits or vegetables sector

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) are now in force with licensing and traceability requirements in effect for many businesses in the fresh fruits or vegetables (FFV) sector.

Beginning January 15, 2020, the preventive control and preventive control plan requirements will come into force for FFV businesses that hold a Safe Food for Canadians licence, as well as for growers and harvesters. Growers and harvesters will also need to start complying with the traceability requirements.

To learn more, attend a question-and-answer session where experts from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will answer questions specific to the FFV requirements coming into force January 15, 2020.

If you plan to join a session, it is important that you first watch the video for the FFV sector and have your questions ready. CFIA's experts will not be delivering the presentation during the session.

Space is limited so register early.

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Source:  CPMA November 19, 2019 note to members


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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