Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
The 2019 Food Forum is focused the implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR); on providing information to help Canadian food importers, exporters and domestic producers implement Canada’s SFCR which came into effect January 15, 2019.
CFIA will provide presentations to guide food importers and domestic producers understand WHAT should be included in your Preventive Control Plan (PCP) and WHAT CFIA will be looking for when they audit your PCP.
Under the SFCR, the Good Importing Practices for Food inspections will be replaced by a new set of CFIA Standard Inspection Procedures (SIPs). You will learn WHAT the Standard Inspection Procedures will involve, WHAT you can expect when CFIA visits your establishment(s), HOW you can prepare for your next CFIA inspection or audit and WHEN the transition to the new CFIA SIP will start.
The designer of MyCFIA and the CFIA license application system will be on hand to describe planned updates to the system and enhancements that will make it easier of you to enroll in MyCFIA and obtain CFIA permissions such as licenses, import permits, export permits and CFIA inspections.
Though many food importers and exporters are focused on the implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, the vast majority of companies that will only require a SFCR license by July 20202. CFIA will describe WHAT compliance in July 2020 will look like, including the implications for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector and those who import and export foods in the non-federally registered sector and the requirements on food importers, in particular.
While much attention has rightfully been on the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, the Canada Border Services Agency has moved forward the implementation of the Single Window Initiative. CFIA experts from the National Import Service Center will describe WHAT this means for importers of food and other CFIA regulated goods and WHAT importers can and need to do to minimize the risk of disruption of commercial trade during the transition to Single Window.
Inspection Under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act
While the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in January 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just begun inspections under the new U.S. food safety regime. Members will share their experiences being some of the first companies to undergo a FSMA inspection. They will describe WHAT to expect based on their experience, HOW you can prepare for a FSMA inspection and the lessons learnt from their first FSMA inspection.
Cannabis in Food (Cannabis Edibles)
With the legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018, the use of cannabis in food is highly anticipated. Health Canada will detail HOW cannabis in food will be regulated; will cannabis in food be food or something else? WHO will inspect and enforce the cannabis in food regulations? HOW will the import and export of cannabis in food be regulated?
CFIA will have kiosks set up for you to experience MyCFIA and get help with your Safe Food for Canadians Regulations license application, Single Window and the CFIA AIRS system. CFIA experts will be on hand, at the kiosks, to provide you with a unique opportunity for ONE-ON-ONE discussions and to respond to your individual questions about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, Preventive Control Plans and HOW you can fulfill your compliance obligations. In addition, sessions in the agenda have been reserved for plenary dialogue with CFIA during which CFIA will respond to and discuss prepared questions regarding a diverse group of subjects such as importation of samples; labelling of foods for export, certification of foods containing meat product imported from the U.S., foods for consumer research and many more.