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The Safe Food for Canadians Act (“SFCA”) came into full force on January 15, 2019 when the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (“SFCR”) were adopted. The SFCA and SFCR apply with few exceptions to all food commodities and create a framework of standards, licensing and other requirements established to ensure that food manufactured and sold in Canada is safe.
Those standards and requirements apply to all persons who import export, manufacture, process, treat, preserve, grade, package, or label food.
Some requirements will be phased in over 12-30 months, while others must be met immediately upon coming into force of the SFCR, which occurred on January 15, 2019.
Failure to comply can result in seizure of offending food products and the imposition of stiff penalties ranging from fines of $250,000 – $5,000,000 and/or imprisonment of 6 months – 5 years for each offence. Any director or officer or agent of the offending organization, who authorizes, assents to, or acquiesces or participates in the commission of the offence also may be liable on conviction to these penalties. There are due diligence defenses for certain of the offences.
FOR FOOD IMPORTERS: The SFCR include several requirements that, with few exceptions, must be met by those who want to import food into Canada, including:
Each food importer must meet these, and other requirements set out in the SFCR. If your organization imports or plans to import food into Canada, it is important that you undertake a careful review of what is required and when.
Should you have questions or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Heather Innes at email@example.com or 416-350-1234.
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