Regulations amending the Feeds Regulations, 1983 (Modernization)

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Feeds Regulations, 1983 (Modernization)

Description of the Objective

Minimizing the risks associated with livestock feeds manufactured in or imported into Canada is one of the principal objectives of the proposal. Feed is an integral component that underpins food production in Canada. Safe and effective feeds contribute to the production of healthy livestock and safe foods of animal origin for human consumption.

These proposed amendments would modernize the Feeds Regulations, 1983 in order to reduce overlap and redundancy, increase responsiveness to industry changes, address gaps, weaknesses and inconsistencies, and provide more clarity, flexibility and transparency to affected regulated parties.

The proposed regulatory framework would move towards an outcome- and systems-based approach to feed safety and compliance that would require feed operators to conduct hazard identification and put in place preventive controls and good manufacturing practices to address risks posed by any identified hazard. It would also introduce a strong, more transparent feed ingredient assessment and authorization process as the basis for a safe and competitive feed supply chain and enable the consideration and adoption of ingredient authorization processes and decisions of other jurisdictions to reduce burden and promote market access.

Enabling Act

Feeds Act

Indication of Business Impacts

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

Public Consultation Opportunities

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency completed cross-country consultations in Spring 2016 with affected stakeholders and conducted further targeted consultations with stakeholders regarding four technical documents to be incorporated by reference.

It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Spring/Summer 2018. A public comment period of 75 days will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

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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