Small Scale Food Processor Association SSFPA

Canadian Food Inspection Agency releases documents

CFIA has posted what are probably the final documents for the Food Safety Regulatory Forum.  

These are:

  • A New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection - Discussion Document
  • Compliance Promotion - Discussion Document.

It is expected that all the documents will be publicly available on June 4th at: http://inspection.gc.ca/food/action-plan/food-safety-regulatory-forum/eng/1369676743621/1369676873558

Regulatory Framework:   This discussion paper is perhaps the most important of the documents circulated.  It sets out the government's initial proposals for the new regulations under the Safe Food for Canadians Act and builds on the work started in the inspection modernization initiative.   There are two key appendices which outline "outcome-based" requirements for regulated food businesses and for primary production of fresh produce.   The discussion paper has 33 questions inserted to prompt comments and there will likely be many more that arise. 

Compliance Promotion:   This discussion paper sets out CFIA's current thinking on assisting food businesses to comply with the new regulations.  As noted in the description of the associated presentation (update #12), the approach focuses on sets out four (4) pillars for a compliance promotion strategy:

education (e.g. on-line information and search functions, guidance documents, webinars, etc),

technical assistance (e.g. model systems, plain language documentation, templates, checklists, etc)

transparent communication (eg. sharing industry best practices and compliance and enforcement data)

compliance incentives (eg. linking compliance to oversight and to support programs) and disincentives (eg. suspensions & monetary penalties)

This paper does not indicate that there are any commitments from the federal government in terms of financial assistance to micro,small and medium-sized enterprises for the implementation of the new regulations.   The discussion paper does not include questions, but the Forum presentation on this subject does.