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Guidance for food inspection activities

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements may apply in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

Note

Access operational guidance needed to conduct inspection activities under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. This guidance is to be used only when SFCR comes into force on January 15th, 2019.

Operational guidance (OG) provides information on how inspectors perform their inspection activities and must be used in conjunction with Industry Guidance (IG) that provides information on how industry can comply with the regulations.

Permission issuance

Domestic, import or export permission-related inspection activities, licensing, export certification, import admissibility.

Sample collection

Planned and as required sampling, national sampling plans, compliance verification, complaints and investigations, surveys and surveillance.

Commodity inspection

Verification against regulatory standards or requirements, analysis of a product or thing.

Preventive control inspection

Evaluation of preventive controls, traceability requirements.

Incident response

Food complaint investigations, food safety investigations, risk-specific responses.

Regulatory response

Respond to risk and non-compliance, control actions, enforcement actions.

Special project

Projects with specified time frames, more than one inspection activity type.

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