Canadian Regulatory Modernization


My CFIA message to all industry stakeholders
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now offering access to more online services to more industry sectors through the second release of My CFIA.

Whether you're doing business with CFIA as an individual, a business or an alternative service provider, such as veterinarians or laboratories, sign up for My CFIA for convenient and secure access to a growing list of online services, including:
  • Licences
  • Permits
  • Registrations
  • Authorizations
  • Export Certificates
Sign up for My CFIA today to:
  • Get convenient and secure access to certain online services
  • Manage and track your service requests
  • Request permissions, such as licences, permits, registrations and authorizations
  • Request and manage some export certificates
For a list of CFIA online services available now and over the coming months, see the rollout plan:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/roll-out-plan/eng/1482206358930/1482206359330

Sign up today to access new online services as soon as they become available:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/my-cfia/eng/1482204298243/1482204318353

You can join or leave a variety of e-mail lists managed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/util/listserv/listserve.shtml

Stay on top of the latest news and updates about food recalls, food safety, animal health and plant health through social media:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/stay-connected/eng/1299856061207/1299856119191
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations  CFIA
On January 21, 2017, The Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR) were published in Canada Gazette, Part 1.  There will be a 90 day public comment period, ending on April 21, 2017. CPMA is working directly with industry, government and other key stakeholders to assess the impact of the proposed regulations and provide comments to CFIA to ensure the new regulations meet industry needs and capacity to implement. Industry is strongly encouraged to review the regulations and provide comments during the consultation period.  Please see the following links:
Food Labelling Modernization Initiative (Phase III) – CFIA
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launched the Food Labelling Modernization (FLM) initiative in June 2013. A multi-phase consultation approach was adopted, with the first two consultations now complete. The CFIA has analyzed the feedback from these consultations, and developed key proposals for changes that are put forward for the third phase of consultation. (Please see link below)

Health Canada Regulatory Initiatives

On December 14th, 2016 Health Canada published final regulatory amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II which include amendments reflecting industry’s requests. The regulatory amendments will come into force immediately and there will be a transition period of 5 years from the date of this publication to enable compliance. By December 14, 2021, all regulatory amendments will be required, including the use of the new Nutrition Facts Table format when one is presented.

Key changes in the new regulations for the produce industry include:

  • The exemption from the requirement for a Nutrition Facts Table (NFt) on packages of fresh fruits and vegetables, without added ingredients, when a permitted health or nutrient content claim is made; however voluntary declaration of a Canadian formatted NFt is still allowed. Current allowable health and nutrient content claims for fresh fruits and vegetables which no longer require a Nutrition Facts Table (NFt) can be found at:
  • The addition of the following health claim for qualifying fruits and vegetables: "A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of heart disease."
  • Under the new regulations, all qualifying fresh fruit and vegetables, without added ingredients, can use the above claim on packaging or in advertisements without triggering any accompanying nutrition information. However, if an NFt is voluntarily provided on a package with this claim, it must follow the requirements for the new format set out in the new regulations. In this case, the use of the new health claim would be the trigger for use of all new labelling requirements. (See ‘Food Labelling Changes’ link below for more information)
  • When a new NFt is presented, there are changes in the required core nutrients, changes in daily values for some nutrients, a % Daily Value (%DV) for sugars, table format changes and a footnote that explains how to use % DV. (See Food Labelling Changes link below for more information )
  • Changes in the format and legibility for the list of ingredients for multiple ingredient products (See Food Labelling Changes link below for more information)

Important to note:  During the five year transition period beginning on December 14, 2016, manufacturers must comply with either the former or the new labelling requirements.   Manufacturers are not permitted to partially comply with both sets of labelling requirements.  If a manufacturer chooses to implement one or more of the new labelling requirements, it is their responsibility to ensure that all new labelling requirements are followed as well.*

Note: It is currently being proposed that the transition period be extended to December 14, 2022. Additional information will be provided at a later date.*

Resource:
Food labelling changes
L'étiquetage des aliments pour l'industrie

* Amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations Related to Nutrition Labelling, List of Ingredients and Food Colours