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2019 Food Forum

Each year representatives from Universal Logistics attend a variety of industry related events in order to keep abreast of the latest information available.  Last month, Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, attended the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (I.E. Canada) 14th Annual Food Forum.

This year’s event was focused on the implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and providing information to help Canadian food importers, exporters and domestic producers implement Canada’s SFCR which came into effect January 15, 2019.

Under the SFCR, the Good Importing Practices for Food inspections have been replaced by a new set of CFIA Standard Inspection Procedures (SIPs).   The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) outlined what the SIPs will involve, and what can be expected when CFIA visits establishments.  They also outlined how to prepare for your next CFIA inspection or audit.

The CFIA gave a very informative presentation to guide food importers and domestic producers on what should be included in a Preventive Control Plan (PCP) and what CFIA will be looking for when they audit a PCP. 

“Events where members of government are directly available to share their knowledge are of utmost value” said Mr. Rowe.  “We value what we can bring to the table for our clients, from discussing challenges not only with government officials directly but also with insight gained from other importers and exporters.”

In addition, the CFIA gave presentations on:

  • Single Window: Impact of Single Window on importation of CFIA regulated goods
  • Importer responsibilities under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
  • Next wave of SFCR: Licencing of the non-federally registered sector, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Proposed amendments to the cannabis regulations: edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals
  • FDA inspections under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act: What to expect, lessons learned, how to prepare
  • Food Fraud: CFIA’s new emphasis on and plans to curb food fraud

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

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