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SFCR timelines - Food additives and alcoholic beverages

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.

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Use the timetable below to find out when you will need to comply with those requirements of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) related to licensing, preventive control plans (PCP), preventive controls and traceability.

The timeframes can vary based on your business activity and level of trade.

Refer to the activities that apply to your business to determine the relevant dates. The « X » is used to indicate when the requirements are not applicable or not required.

Timetable: Food additives and alcoholic beverages

Activity Licensing PCP Preventive Controls Traceability
You manufacture, process, treat, preserve, grade, package or label food additives or alcoholic beverages X X X X
You conduct interprovincial trade of food additives or alcoholic beverages from one province to another X X X July 15, 2020
You manufacture, process, treat, preserve, grade, package or label food additives or alcoholic beverages for export Not required (unless you would like an export certificate or other export permission from CFIA) Table Note 1 Not required (unless you would like an export certificate or other export permission from CFIA) Table Note 1 X X
You export food additives or alcoholic beverages Not required (unless you would like an export certificate or other export permission from CFIA) Table Note 1 Not required (unless you would like an export certificate or other export permission from CFIA) Table Note 1 X July 15, 2020
You import food additives or alcoholic beverages X X X July 15, 2020
You sell food additives or alcoholic beverages to consumers at retail X X X July 15, 2020

Table Note

Table Note 1

You need a licence and PCP prior to obtaining an export certificate or other export permission from the CFIA.

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