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Safe Food for Canadians Regulations – New and Updated Guidance Documents

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will come into force on January 15, 2019. To help businesses prepare for the new consolidated regulations, the CFIA will continue to publish new and updated guidance documents on a regular basis. The following documents were recently posted to the SFCR website:


On the Regulatory compliance landing page, now find:

Standard Inspection Procedure (SIP) overview
Standard Permissions Procedure (SPP) overview
Standard Regulatory Response Process SRRP) overview

On the Meat products and food animal landing page, now find:

Food animal identification

On the Preventive control plan (PCP) landing page, now find:

Preventive control plan (PCP) templates – for importers

On the Food safety recalls and emergency response landing page, now find:

Recall procedure: A guide for food businesses


On the Toolkit for businesses landing page, find two additional questions and answers: Traceability to help clarify requirements for businesses who use cross-docking, as well as for different business models (for example franchises versus corporations).

To learn more about the SFCR, visit