Food-specific requirements and guidance – Fish

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 fish 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 fish-specific requirements highlighted here.

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

Know the requirements

Regulatory requirements: Fish
An explanation of the requirements found in Part 6, Division 4 of the SFCR that cover shellfish, frozen fish and the import of mitten crab, puffer fish and live or raw shellfish. Get a better understanding of the requirements to help you prepare to comply.

The Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program manual
An important reference document relating to the classification and patrolling of shellfish harvesting areas and the safe harvesting, processing and distribution of shellfish.

Canadian Standards of Identity Volume 3, Fish
Learn about the standards of identify for a variety of fish products.

Canadian Grade Compendium Volume 8, Fish
Learn about the grade requirements for a variety of fish products.

Grade Names for Imported Food
Check items 36-52 in this table for information relevant to fish products.

Common Names for Prepackaged Fish
Refer to this table for a list of fish species and their corresponding common names.

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 – Fish and seafood
Details on ensuring fish and seafood products, including sport-caught fish are eligible for export certification.

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

Fish and seafood related notices
These fish and seafood related notices are used to communicate information to industry and other interested parties.

Preventive control recommendations

Preventive controls for food – Fish products
Find information on select preventive control practices for operators to mitigate food safety risks associated with the processing of fish and fish products.

Related information

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

Inspection legends
The Handbook for food businesses provides a summary of updated requirements, as found in Part 9 (Inspection Legends) of the SFCR.

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