New regulations make safety easier for small food businesses

by | May 7, 2023 | Food and Recipes

More food than ever before is being traded across borders. Many of the foods we eat and ingredients we use – from flour to coffee – are imported and exported within Canada and around the world.

While all this travel can bring adventure to our taste buds, it’s true that more trade can add potential risks for these items, such as exposure to contaminants along their journey.

However, Canada has a very safe food system with rules in place for products that cross provincial or international lines. And as the food system has globalized, the regulations have undergone changes as well.

Previously, these rules were split up into 14 separate sets of requirements, and this made it complicated for small or micro food businesses to comply with them. But now, changes have created a single set of more clear, consistent food safety rules for all food, across all sectors. So, Canadians can be confident in the safety of the food they’re eating – regardless of where it originated.

Called the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, these rules include licensing, preventive controls and plans, and traceability requirements. The rules also include new requirements for businesses in the manufactured foods sector.

If you are new to federal food regulations, find more information about these rules – including helpful tools and resources – at inspection.canada.ca

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