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Timelines: when you need a food licence for your business

There are important timelines that you should be aware of to help you transition and plan towards meeting the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) requirements. The SFCR came into force on January 15, 2019 and some requirements had to be met immediately. Other requirements may apply in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. 

Licensing, preventive controls, preventive control plan and traceability

Keep in mind

Before checking the timetables, if you are unsure whether some of these requirements apply to you, the interactive tools can help.

The timelines for complying with licensing, preventive controls, preventive control plan and traceability requirements vary by food, activity and size of the food business. For information relevant to your food business, select the SFCR timelines that apply to you from the list below:

Organic aquaculture products

Organic aquaculture products do not need to be certified under the SFCR until January 15, 2021. Refer to Organic aquaculture products in Canada for more information.

Inspection legends

For those applying and using inspection legends in connection with edible meat products, fish and processed egg products, you are permitted to use the former inspection legend for up to three years after the SFCR came into force on January 15, 2019.

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