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Canada’s new Safe Food law just one week away

The crucial day for Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) is just one week away. The new Safe Food law and regulations will replace 14 sets of regulations on Jan. 15, 2019.

Canada’s food safety focus will shift to prevention of food-borne illnesses “by focusing on prevention through more rigorous risk management and increasing the focus on traceability,” according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The federal food safety agency says while Canada is already credited with having “one of the strongest food safety systems in the world,” the speed, volume, and complexity of modern food production mean “significant new risks and challenges” must be met by regulators.

CFIA says the new regulations “will provide clear and consistent rules for food commodities so consumers can be confident that food on grocery shelves is safer to eat, whether it is produced in Canada or abroad.”


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