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Fundamentals of the Post-mortem Examination Program

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements are being phased in over the following 12 to 30 months. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

1. Application

The Fundamentals of the Post-mortem Examination Program apply to a licence holder who is authorized to conduct a post-mortem examination program concerning a food animal, other than a game animal, that is a bird, other than ostrich, rhea or emu.

2. Interpretation

The following definitions apply in this document:
"defect" means a condition of the carcass or its parts that is caused by a deviation from the normal physiology of the animal or that is caused by processing operations and that may affect the edibility of the meat product derived from the carcass of the food animal and does not include an "other defect". (défaut)

"detector" means a person who detects defects and other defects of the carcass and its parts and takes the measures set out in the licence holder's preventive control plan. (détecteur)

"monitor" means a person who performs monitoring, ensures that corrective actions are taken and preventive measures are implemented, and performs verification procedures as set out in the licence holder's preventive control plan. (surveillant)

"other defect" means any condition of the carcass or its parts that is not identifiable, has an abnormal level of incidence or may be associated with an emerging or unknown condition. (autre défaut)

"rejected" in respect of a carcass or its parts, means that the carcass or its part(s) has been determined to be inedible by the rejector. (rejeté)

"rejection correlation test" means a test performed by the veterinary inspector on a sample of a shipment to determine if any carcasses rejected by the rejector should have been accepted, as well as to determine if any carcasses accepted by the rejector should have been rejected. (test de corrélation relatif au rejet)

"rejector" means a person who identifies the carcass and its parts as accepted or rejected in accordance with the licence holder's preventive control plan. (rejeteur)

3. Detection of defects and other defects of the carcass and its parts

The preventive control plan of licence holder must include the following procedures for the detection of defects and other defects of the carcass and its parts, and for the taking of appropriate measures in respect of those defects:

4. Identification of the carcass and its parts as accepted or rejected

The preventive control plan of the licence holder must include the following procedures relating to the identification of the carcass and its parts as accepted or rejected:

5. Monitoring, corrective actions, preventive measures and verification

5.2 The licence holder must prepare and keep documents relating to the monitoring, the taking of corrective actions, the implementation of preventive measures and the verifications that are conducted in accordance with this section and must immediately notify the inspector of any unsatisfactory monitoring or verification results.

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