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Reminder: New “Safe Food for Canadians Regulations” Take Effect January 15

Posted December 30, 2019

Importers of food commodities are reminded that a new phase of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations is coming into force on January 15, 2020.

As of this date, importers of the following goods will require a valid Safe Food for Canadians licence:

  • Meat Products and Food Animals
  • Fish
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs and Processed Egg Products
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Processed Fruit or Vegetable Products
  • Honey Products
  • Maple Products

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, importers without a valid licence may experience delays or rejection of their shipment at the border, and could also be subject to other enforcement actions.

To prevent delays or rejection at the border, if you have not already done so, apply for your SFC licence online through the My CFIA portal

Note: You must obtain your SFC licence before presenting your shipment at the border; you will not be able to obtain one otherwise.

CFIA also advises that starting January 15, 2020, previous licences or registrations issued under the authorities of the Canada Agricultural Products Act, Meat Inspection Act, or Fish Inspection Act should not be used in place of a SFC licence.

Need More Information?

Following are additional resources that will help you to understand and meet the CFIA's new food safety requirements.

Should you have any questions about this issue, don’t hesitate to contact us – our trade experts are here to help.


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