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Introduction to the food specific reference document (FSRD)

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.

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1.0 Purpose

The purpose of this document is to provide the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspection staff with an introduction to the Food specific reference document (FSRD) - SFCR regulatory and guidance reference (internal access only - RDIMS 10335891), a quick reference to Food business line and Commodity specific guidance documents. These documents are available to the inspectorate for the evaluation of compliance to the regulatory requirements of a preventive control plan (PCP) under Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).

The list of references provided in this document is not an all-inclusive list of available guidance documents as, for example, some policy documents/records of decision are not included as well as Labelling guidance as they are found in the Industry Labelling Tool. Inspectors may be required to consult additional resources such as Preventive controls for food businesses page and Guidance for inspectors under Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

A Guidance Finder is also available to aid in finding the applicable reference documents. The FSRD tool provides a link between the applicable reference documents and the sub-element of the PCP.

2.0 Reference documents

3.0 Guidance

The Industry guidance documents have been developed to help food businesses comply with the requirements set out in the SFCR. Failure to implement recommendations stated in the industry guidance documents should not automatically result in non-compliance. Regulated parties may choose other guidance as long as they can achieve the outcomes identified in the regulations.

3.1 Description of the rows and columns

Column A indicates the type of reference document as:

Column B lists the reference documents (and links).

Column D indicates the commodity(s) the reference document is applicable to.

Columns E to V indicate the sub-elements of the Preventative Control Plan under the Standard inspection procedure to which the referenced document in column B applies to.

Reference documents that are published on the CFIA website are linked in the FSRD document. Documents that are under development and are not published yet, do not have a hyperlink and are identified as "under development".

An "x" mark in a cell within the spreadsheet represents a link between the referenced document in the row and the PCP sub-element in the column corresponding to that cell.

For example, an "x" mark in cell F: 16 represents a link between the reference document in row 16 (Canadian Standards of Identifity - Volume 4 - Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products) and the PCP sub-element (1.2) in column F.

Some of the cells containing an "x" mark are displayed in grey color. These cells contain additional information that is sections of the SFCR applicable to the PCP sub-element corresponding to that cell. The content of these cells can be viewed by clicking on the cell. Further details about regulatory requirements can be found under the Food Commodity Reference Document tool found in SIP appendix E (under development - internal access only).

3.2 How to use the FSRD tool

Users can filter the table by commodity type to limit the list of references to those applicable to the specific commodity in question. They can then navigate the list of references to locate documents that are applicable to the sub-element of the PCP being inspected.

Alternatively, the find function may be used to search the list of references using a key word. This could be done by going to the home tab in the ribbon and clicking on "Find" button.

User can then enter the keyword for search. For example: searching the key word "water" using "find" function, will display all reference documents containing "water" in the title of the document.

If the information you require is not listed in this reference document, consult additional resources as required.

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