Special requirements for Canadians subject to the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)
On January 21, 2017, the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) were published in Canada Gazette, Part I, and are expected to come into force in mid-2018. Although much of the detail found in the proposed regulations concerns food safety and traceability, there are important trade and commerce requirements which pertain specifically to buyers and sellers of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Regulations include special requirements for Canadians subject to the Regulations.
Transitioning to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)
A DRC membership is required to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e.: buy, sell, import, export) unless otherwise exempted. For current members of the DRC, it is business as usual. However, if you are not a member it is important to determine if you require a membership in order to comply with the proposed Regulations.
The DRC has developed a suite of self-assessment tools to assist in determining if you require a DRC membership or if you are exempt from the requirement.
To learn more about Division 2 – Trade of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables of the SFCR, including prohibitions and exemptions, refer to the DRC’s SFCR resources or contact the DRC Help Desk.