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Food inspection guidance: sample collection

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.

Find operational guidance for planned and unplanned food samples which are submitted to the lab for analysis. This may include samples required for national sampling plans, compliance verification, complaints and investigations, surveys and surveillance.

Common inspection guidance

The following guidance is common to all sample collection inspection tasks as well as preventive control inspection and commodity inspection tasks

Sample collection inspection

The guidance found in the sample collection inspection section is in the process of being updated to fully align with the new inspection architecture

Common sample collection guidance

The following guidance is common to all food and environmental sample collection inspection tasks

Food sample collection

Commodity specific sample collection

Fish and seafood

Meat and poultry products

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