Food safety standards and guidelines

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.

Health Canada is responsible for setting standards and providing advice and information on the safety and nutritional value of food. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency enforces the food safety and nutritional quality standards established by Health Canada.

Note that additional standards and guidelines may apply to your particular food, including standards and guidelines set by your province or territory, and municipality.

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