As of May 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has
eliminated the pre-market registration of labels and recipes
for meat, meat products and processed fruits and vegetables.
Registration submissions are no longer being accepted by the
While this is a positive development under the Government of
Canada's Red Tape Reduction initiative, it also shifts
responsibility for label and recipe compliance for meat, meat
products and processed fruits and vegetables more squarely onto
industry. Industry is still required to comply with all applicable
federal acts and regulations regarding food labelling and
compositional standards; however, the CFIA will not review labels
or product information prior to the product entering the market and
Compliance will only be verified by the CFIA through inspection
and enforcement activities. If the CFIA identifies a product as
non-compliant during routine inspection activities there are a
range of enforcement actions they may take, including (but not
limited to) requiring corrective action be taken within a defined
period of time (e.g. over-stickering of existing inventory and
development of new labels), seizure and detention of products, and
In light of this development, industry will have to take
proactive steps, and in some cases, implement new internal
protocols, to ensure that their labels and recipes are compliant
with all federal acts and regulations.
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