Chapter 3 – Pre-requisite Programs
3.2 Introduction

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Section 28 of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 prescribes requirements for the design and construction of a registered establishment and the equipment therein.

Properly designed and constructed establishments, as well as the facilities and equipment within, facilitate maintenance, sanitation and provide hygienic environments for the manufacturing of meat products.

The operator shall maintain and operate a registered establishment in accordance with sections 30.1, 30.2, 32, 34 and 36 to 60.3 of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.

To comply with Section 30(1) of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990, the operator shall develop, implement, and maintain prerequisite programs in accordance with the FSEP manual that are effective and conform to all applicable requirements.

The operator shall keep and retain in a registered establishment records of a specific activity or procedure that is performed in order to comply with the Meat Inspection Act, Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990, the FSEP Manual and the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures as prescribed by subsections 29(12) and 29(13) of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.

This chapter provides the meat standards related to each generic prerequisite program defined in the FSEP manual. This chapter also provides guidance on other regulatory requirements in relation to the registration of an Establishment, which are not part of the operator's HACCP system.

This document provides regulatory basis, policies and guidelines for the operator to meet Canadian requirements. All requirements related to the export and import of meat products are covered in Chapters 11 and 10 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures respectively.

The operator is responsible for compliance with any other relevant Federal, Provincial/Territorial or Municipal legislation or requirements.

3.2.1 CFIA Inspectors in a Registered Establishment, and Occupational Safety and Health Policy of the CFIA

The CFIA is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all of its employees within its area of jurisdiction. In addition, the CFIA is bound by legal and moral obligations to ensure that its employees working outside of the CFIA controlled holdings have access to the same protection as outlined in the Canada Labour Code, Part II.

The Occupational Safety and Health Policy of the CFIA is in place to prevent and reduce workplace hazards, risks, injuries, illnesses, and their associated costs. The CFIA managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring the safety and health of CFIA employees working in their area of responsibility. This includes CFIA inspectors working in registered establishments.

CFIA inspectors must have safe and unimpeded access to all parts of a registered establishment except company offices. This includes but is not limited to the ability of inspectors to travel safely to CFIA inspection stations and other areas of the establishment in order to monitor company operations. In areas where the movement of animals or equipment pose a potential safety hazard, the CFIA must be able to control such movement for the purpose of inspection.

The applicant/operator shall fully satisfy the CFIA that all health and safety requirements, as prescribed by applicable legislation issued by either Health Canada, Federal, Provincial, or Municipal governments, and related to the use of gas, firearms and other stunning methods of food animals, as well as any use of ozone, and chemical, biological, or physical microbial control interventions in a registered establishment are met.

For every chemical microbial control intervention, the operator shall supply the responsible inspector with a current Material Safety Data (MSD) sheet for each product (including for each ingredient if mixed on-site) used, and shall conduct an information session with the resident CFIA inspection staff prior to the use of a chemical microbial control intervention. The operator shall demonstrate ongoing compliance with applicable federal guidelines and provincial occupational health and safety requirements (e.g. for concentrations or levels of chemicals within the ambient air surrounding the treatment site).

The safe working practices relating to CFIA work stations were developed in accordance with the provisions outlined in the Canada Labour Code, Part II and its pursuant Regulations. To receive CFIA inspection services, the operator will be required to satisfy the CFIA that a safe and healthy workplace is available to its inspectors. All ergonomic recommendations must be incorporated into the design and construction of CFIA inspection stations.

If an operator does not provide a safe workplace environment, inspection services may not be provided or may be withdrawn.

The design, construction, and installation of any safety or ergonomic facilities shall not create unsanitary conditions in a registered establishment.

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