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Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Description of the Objective

The proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) would replace the current regulations made under the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Fish Inspection Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the food-related provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations. The regulatory framework would create food inspection regulations with consistent, internationally recognized requirements for all food commodities imported or traded inter-provincially. It builds on the policy direction articulated in the Improved Food Inspection Model on which consultations were concluded in May 2013. The SFCR would support market access for Canadian exporters by keeping pace with food safety modernization efforts in other countries and strengthening Canada's reputation for having a world class food safety controls system.

Enabling Act

Safe Food for Canadians Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There would be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply. The CFIA is currently conducting these analyses.

Public Consultation Opportunities

These amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Fall 2016. A public comment period of 90 days will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, the CFIA held consultations on the regulatory framework for bringing the Safe Food for Canadians Act into force. During the summer of 2015, the CFIA engaged extensively with micro and small businesses to better understand the potential impact for these businesses. The Agency also released proposed regulatory text that consolidated the food regulations. Altogether, more than 10,000 stakeholders were engaged and responded by sending in over 100 detailed submissions on the overview of the proposed regulations.

Departmental Contact

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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