Food importers and exporters can now apply for licenses
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced that food business owners across Canada can now apply for a licence under the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) by accessing the CFIA’s online portal, My CFIA.
Businesses that import food or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial borders will now need to have licences as well as preventive controls that address potential risks to food safety.
Food business owners are encouraged to apply for a licence now in order to be ready when the regulations come into force on January 15, 2019. The Safe Food for Canadians licence will cost $250 and it will be valid for two years.
The new regulations align Canada’s model with internationally accepted best practices for food safety and the globally recognized international food standards.
For instance, once the SFCR are fully in force, Canadian food businesses exporting foods that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be able to cite their SFCR licence to demonstrate that their food safety controls meet their U.S. importers’ requirements under the U.S. Foreign Supplier Verification Program.