On June 22, DRC participated in the CPMA SFCR Webinar Series.
The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will come into effect on January 15, 2019 and while the regulations primarily address important food safety and traceability matters, there is a significant trade and commerce element of particular interest to the produce industry. Canadians who buy, sell or negotiate the sale or purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables inter-provincially, and internationally will be required to be a member in good standing of the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation, unless excepted from the regulations. The SFCR repeals the option of a choice between a CFIA Produce Licence and a DRC membership.
The presentation includes details on the requirements and the exceptions as well as information on the DRC initiative to Modernize the Canadian Grade Compendium for Fresh Fruit or Vegetables.