The Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has released the next draft of the text of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations for consultation.
At the beginning of the year, the CFIA had announced that it would take the necessary time to analyze the broad range of comments received from stakeholders on the development of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The agency stated that comments received on the following components of its international food safety system would be of particular importance:
- Identification of food businesses;
- Ability to trace a food product’s path one step forward and one step back; and
- Preventive food safety controls.
The CFIA has indicated its desire to engage more micro and small businesses (MSBs) which are in the food supply chain across Canada in order to better understand the food safety challenges that MSBs face, and to seek feedback on options that could reduce the burden associated with some requirements being considered.
In May and June of 2015, the CFIA will host a number of webinars and in-person sessions across Canada tailored to MSBs. The CFIA is also interested in hearing specifically from MSBs on the types of tools, guidance resources and support that would assist them in producing safe and compliant food.
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Please note that the stakeholder consultation period closes June 20, 2015.