Businesses with expiring meat permissions need SFC licence

March 27, 2019

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) meat permissions issued to businesses, under the now-repealed Meat Inspection Regulations, will expire on March 31, 2019. These businesses will need a Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licence commencing April 1, 2019 to continue to operate in compliance with applicable regulations and avoid disruptions to trade.

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SFC licence holders must continue to comply with the requirements of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations also continue to apply.

Upon expiration of a current CFIA meat permission (March 31, 2019), continuing to trade in import, export or interprovincial trade without an SFC licence contravenes the Safe Food for Canadians Act and its Regulations, and may result in enforcement actions by the CFIA. 

Businesses can contact their local CFIA office to renew or enquire about work-shift agreements.

If businesses need help or have questions, they may contact us at 1-800-442-2342.

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