Tag Archives: CANADA

Canada Expands Use of Fines for Food Safety Noncompliance

   Under the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act and Regulations (AAAMPR), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) may issue an Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) as an enforcement measure to encourage compliance with Canada’s food safety laws and regulations.  The meat sector has been subject to AMPs since 2015. The AAAMPR was amended per … Continue Reading

FDA Publishes Findings from Investigation of Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

As previously reported on this blog, in November 2018 FDA, in conjunction with the CDC, state officials, and Canadian food and public health officials, investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in multiple US states and Canadian provinces. The investigation determined the cause of the outbreak was the consumption of contaminated romaine lettuce. Indeed, … Continue Reading

Canada’s New “Food Guide” Does Not Include Separate Dairy Category

Canada has released its updated “Food Guide” for 2019.  Later this year, Health Canada will release Part II of the Guide, which will include descriptions of healthy eating habits with recommendations on amounts and types of foods in a balanced diet.  While the changes as a whole shift the focus of the guide to a … Continue Reading

New Canadian Food Safety Law Takes Effect in One Week

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will become effective one week from today, on January 15, 2019. As previously reported on this blog, Canada proposed these regulations in January 2017 to implement the Safe Foods for Canadians Act (SFCA), which was adopted on June 7, 2012. The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations were published … Continue Reading

Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Last week, we published a blog post regarding a proposed bill in the United States Senate that would provide more autonomy to individual States in regulating marijuana.  On June 20, 2018, Canada passed Bill C-45, which legalizes and strictly regulates cannabis in Canada. The national minimum purchase age will be 18, but provinces and territories will be able … Continue Reading

Health Canada Proposes Updates to Canada’s Food Guide

Pursuant to its mandate under the Food and Drugs Act, Health Canada is responsible for setting safety and nutritional quality standards for all foods sold in Canada.  Health Canada achieves this goal by setting standards under the Food and Drug Regulations which are enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. On October 24, 2016, Canada’s … Continue Reading

CFIA Launches New Online Consultation to Streamline Regs Between Canada and U.S.

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) is a joint initiative between Canada and the United States that facilitates regulatory cooperation between the two countries and aims to enhance economic competitiveness. The RCC was created in 2011 to facilitate closer cooperation between Canada and the United States to develop smarter approaches to regulations and to make both economies stronger and more competitive, while … Continue Reading

Health Canada Proposes Banning PHOs in Foods

Health Canada announced on April 7, 2017, that it intends to implement a prohibition on the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in food by adding PHOs to Part One of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods. The announcement includes a summary of the comments received, along with the Health Canada’s … Continue Reading

Canada Proposes Implementing Regulations for Safe Foods Act

Canada has proposed regulations to implement the Safe Foods for Canadians Act (SFCA), which was adopted on June 7, 2012. A pre-publication copy of the proposed rules is available in the Canada Gazette – Part I, Vol. 151, No. 3 (January 21, 2017). The three key elements to the proposed Safe Foods for Canadians Regulations are … Continue Reading

Canada finalizes Changes to Nutrition Facts Label Requirements

By way of background, on October 24, 2016, Canada’s Minister of Health launched the Healthy Eating Strategy for Canada. Part of this strategy involves revising Canada’s food labeling requirements over the next 2 years in consultation with Canadians and stakeholders. As part of Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, on December 14, 2016, final amendments to the Food and Drug … Continue Reading

Regulatory Update: Meat & Fish

USDA’s new labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef take effect. As previously covered on this blog, in 2015, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued new labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been mechanically tenderized. Under the new requirements, raw or partially cooked beef products must bear labels stating … Continue Reading

Oh, Canada (An FSVP Update)

FDA recognizes Canada’s food safety system as comparable to U.S. As previously covered on this blog, FDA has issued a final rule to implement its Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Some importers are exempt from the FSVP requirements or are subject to modified requirements, depending on specific … Continue Reading

Canadian Bacon

FSIS audit asks Canada to strengthen its food safety procedures. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulates the quality, safety, and labeling of meat, poultry, and egg products marketed in the United States.  In 2014, FSIS conducted an audit of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg systems and found deficiencies that … Continue Reading

Canada Corner: GM Policy Change

Canada considers changes to its policy regarding GM imports. Currently, food containing genetically modified (GM) organisms may be imported into Canada only if Health Canada has performed a pre-market safety assessment of the products.  According to Health Canada, it is a “seven to ten year process to research, develop, test and assess the safety of … Continue Reading

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