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SFCR timelines - Meat products and food animals

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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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.

Note

If you have a valid licence under the Meat Inspection Regulations that expires after January 15, 2019, it will remain valid under the SFCR, if it contains the following statement:

However, if the licence will expire before January 15, 2019, continue the normal process to renew your licence. Your licence will continue to be valid until its expiry date.

For more information, refer to section 2 of What to consider before applying for a Safe Food for Canadians licence.

Timetable: Meat products and food animals

Activity Licensing PCP Preventive controls Traceability
You slaughter food animals for interprovincial trade or export January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019
You manufacture, process, treat, preserve, grade, package or label meat products for interprovincial trade or export January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019
You store and handle edible meat products in their imported condition for inspection by the CFIA January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019
You trade the meat products interprovincially
(sole activity)
X X X January 15, 2019
You import meat products January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 January 15, 2019
You export meat products
(sole activity)
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 January 15, 2019
You sell meat products to consumers at retail X X X January 15, 2019
You manufacture, process, treat, preserve, grade, package or label meat products for intraprovincial trade Not required
(unless your provincial or territorial regulations require you to have a federal licence)

Not required

January 15, 2019 (if your provincial or territorial regulations require you to have a federal licence)

Not required

January 15, 2019 (if your provincial or territorial regulations require you to have a federal licence)

Not required

January 15, 2019 (if your provincial or territorial regulations require you to have a federal licence)

Table Note

Table Note 1

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

Return to table note 1  referrer

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