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Notice of intent: Amendment to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (restaurants and caterers)


The purpose of this notice of intent is to inform stakeholders of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's intent to amend the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations to clarify that the scope of the licensing requirements does not extend to restaurants and caterers who prepare food for interprovincial trade or export.

Drivers to amend the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

The new Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) repealed the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the Fish Inspection Act and brought forward into the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) key requirements including those related to trade, food safety and establishment conditions found in regulations under those repealed acts. Prior to the SFCA and SFCR, the registration and licensing provisions in the repealed acts and regulations did not apply to food prepared by restaurants and caterers, and the regulatory policy intent was to continue to exclude these food businesses from the application of licensing under SFCR. This was communicated to stakeholders during the extensive consultations that took place between 2013 and 2017.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now aware of the unintended application of SFCR licensing to the preparation of food at restaurants and caterers for the purpose of interprovincial trade or export.

CFIA would like to clarify to its stakeholders that the licensing provisions of the SFCR were not intended to apply to the preparation of food by these sectors and that the SFCR will be amended accordingly. Other laws enforced by the CFIA, such as the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations, continue to apply.

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Contact us

If you wish to provide any comments or have questions related to this Notice, please submit them to:

Natasha Richard
A/National Manager
Food Safety Division
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Rd.
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0Y9
Telephone: 613-773-6226

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