Safe Food for Canadians Licenses Suspended

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) periodically suspends the licences of companies for violation of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).

For example, a fish importing company had its licence revoked on July 16, 2020 for not developing and implementing a Preventative Control Plan, which is required by part 4 of the regulations.

A preventive control plan is a written document that details how risks to your food and to the humane treatment of food animals are identified and controlled.”

While there were no food recalls associated with this suspension, the company is required to implement corrective measures before its licence can be reinstated.

Safe Food for Canadians licences can be suspended:

  • for failure to comply with the Safe Food for Canadians Act, the Food and Drugs Act and their related regulations
  • for default of payment of any fee related to the licence
  • if risk of injury to the public may result from continuing to conduct the licensed activity

On February 18, 2020, a dairy facility in Ontario had its license suspended “for failure to implement effective corrective measures for non-compliances under Part 4 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).” Part 4 of the SFCR outlines the preventative controls required to cover the risks associated with food production and the humane treatment of animals.

This suspension came with a food recall for possible E. coli contamination. The licence suspension will be lifted if the agency determines that corrective measures have been taken. If corrective action is not taken within 90 days after suspension, the CFIA may cancel the licence.

To adequately address the problem, you need to find the source of the contamination. A good traceability program can help ensure you find and fix the issue within the timeframe alotted, and have the appropriate steps and documentation to show the CFIA in order to get your licence reinstated.

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