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Standard regulatory response procedures

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.


This page provides operational guidance for responding to risk and non-compliance. It contains food and commodity-specific guidance on control and enforcement actions taken during the response process.

This guidance is to be used only when SFCR comes into force on January 15th, 2019.

Horizontal guidance

Food-specific guidance: regulatory response

Food-specific guidance: control response plans

Food-specific guidance: control actions

Food-specific guidance: enforcement responses

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