Imported and Manufactured Food Program Inspection Manual

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Objective of the Manual

The primary objective of this manual is to provide Imported and Manufactured Food Program (IMFP) inspectors with a comprehensive reference tool aimed at improving uniformity of food safety, composition and labelling inspection delivery in non-federally registered establishments. In addition, this manual is intended to assist in training new IMFP inspectors on their functions related to establishment and product inspections.

The current version of the manual is focussed on food safety inspections. Work is underway to add information on labelling, composition and retail food inspections to the manual. This manual will be updated regularly to remain current with the design and delivery of the IMFP. Any changes to the manual will be recorded on the Document Revision History table on the following page.

Users of this manual should be aware that it has no precedence over any federal regulations. For legal requirements, you may consult the appropriate set of regulations.

Headquarter Contact Information:
Compliance and Enforcement Section
Imported and Manufactured Food Program
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9

Document Revision History

Note: RDIMS is a document management tool for internal use only
RDIMS/Version NumberRevision DatePages RevisedDescription
2137508v8 April 2010 Original document
2137508v11 April 2012 All Entire manual updated to improve flow, remove repetition and correct errors.
Chapters 2 and 3 were combined
Instructions on ratings were moved from Chapter 5 to Chapter 6
2137508v12 September 2013 Pages 152 and 159 Convert 5 WordPerfect documents to Word documents links.
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