Inspection, compliance and enforcement
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.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) sets federal regulatory requirements, makes sure regulated parties are following those requirements, and takes action when they are not. Industry is responsible for meeting federal regulatory requirements. Provinces and territories enforce regulations under their jurisdiction.
CFIA provides support along the path to compliance by providing industry with the tools, resources, guidance, and services they need to understand and follow regulations.
CFIA strives to be transparent and accountable in how it does business. In addition to providing industry with recourse options, as provided by law, CFIA encourages continuous feedback and dialogue with regulated parties.
For more information:
- Guidance for inspectors under Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
- Graduated Enforcement Fact Sheet
- The CFIA Compliance Continuum
- What to Expect When Inspected
- Standard Inspection Procedure (SIP) overview
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