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Standard inspection procedures for preventive control plans

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.


This page provides operational guidance to inspect the preventive control plan (PCP) of regulated parties. It contains food and commodity-specific guidance to assess PCP elements and to conduct sampling and product inspection.

This guidance is to be used only when SFCR comes into force on January 15th, 2019.

Horizontal guidance

Food specific guidance: assessing PCP elements

Food specific guidance: product inspection and sampling

Commodity-specific guidance: product inspection

Meat guidance: compliance verification system

Meat guidance: slaughter and welfare

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