Food-specific requirements and guidance – Dairy products

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.

Information

Before you review information related specifically to dairy products, read the information on General food requirements and guidance. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) set out many requirements that apply across food commodities, along with the dairy-specific requirements highlighted here.

Additional requirements for Food imports and Food exports may apply also to your business.

Know the requirements

Regulatory requirement: Dairy products
An explanation of the requirement found in Part 6, Division 2 – Dairy products of the SFCR. Get a better understanding of the requirements to help you determine if you meet it.

Canadian Standards of Identity Volume 1, Dairy Products
Learn about the standards of identity for a variety of dairy products.

Canadian Grade Compendium Volume 4, Dairy Products
Learn about the grade requirements for dairy products.

Grade Designations for Imported Food
Check items 1-2 in this table for information relevant to dairy products.

Units of Measurement for the Net Quantity Declaration of Certain Foods
Units of measurement for prepackaged food, consumer prepackaged food and prepackaged food other than consumer prepackaged food.

Food-specific export requirements – Dairy
Access information on the Import for Re-export Program (IREP) which facilitates the entry of milk/cream from the United States into Canada for processing and ultimate re-export back into the United States.

Maximum Quantity Limits for Personal Use Exemption
There are quantity limits defined for dairy products that determine whether you can qualify for a personal use exemption.

Related information

Food business activities that require a license under the SFCR
Learn more about specific dairy related activities that would or would not require a licence under the SFCR.

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