Regulatory Updates

As CFIA evolves its risk management to further support industry’s ability to compete globally and embrace technology, CFIA has developed an Establishment-based Risk Assessment model for food establishments (ERA-Food) tool. The tool was developed to evaluate domestic food establishments based on the risk they represent to Canadian consumers, using establishment-specific data and a mathematical algorithm. It considers risks associated with a specific food commodity; operation or manufacturing process and mitigation strategies implemented by the industry to control their food safety risks; and establishment compliance information.

Developed in collaboration with experts from academia, industry and other government departments,  the ERA-Food tool will be used by CFIA to help determine where inspectors should spend time and to inform program planning to place focus efforts on areas of highest risk.

Watch for more TAG Canada Insights on CFIA and the ERA-Food Tool

The organic equivalency arrangement has been extended for another 3 years.

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Canada and Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) recognizing the 2 national organic systems are equivalent. The agreement began on February 15, 2023.

The recognitions apply to agricultural products of plant origin, and processed foods of plant origin, livestock and livestock products grown or produced in Canada or whose final processing and packaging occurs in Canada and agricultural products of plant origin, and processed foods of plant origin grown or produced in Mexico whose final processing and packaging occurs in Mexico.

Notice to industry – Compliance timelines for the use of food additives in certain ready-to-eat meat products - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Compliance for food additives in ready-to-eat meat products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) would like to remind stakeholders of the Notice to Industry: Update on compliance timelines for the use of food additives in certain ready-to-eat meat products.

In addition to declaring any food additives, industry is responsible to ensure that the information presented through labels and advertising of certain-ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products is brought into compliance by November 8, 2023.

Temporary SFC licence conditions in fall 2023 for romaine lettuce imported from the U.S.

Romaine Lettuce Imported from the United States

From September 28 to December 20, 2023, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will be adding temporary conditions to Safe Food for Canadians licences for the importation of romaine lettuce from the United States, including salad mixes containing this lettuce. During this period, importers will be required to provide negative E. coli O157 test results for each shipment of romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley, California.

For more information, please visit Temporary import requirements for romaine lettuce from the United States (2023).

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