Enforcement of Food Safety is on the Way in the US and Canada

Canada and the US are rolling out new regulations for enforcement of food safety legislation which can result in: loss of license, fines, and ultimately loss of market share for non-conforming businesses. Food manufacturers were once responsible for policing themselves via HAACP plans and ISO regulations. Unfortunately, some manufacturers failed in this responsibility resulting in numerous serious food poisoning outbreaks over the last decade, some of which resulted in fatalities.

In response to these outbreaks new legislation has passed in both countries. Canadian manufacturers will now be subject to the Safe food for Canadians Act, and US manufacturers will be subject to the Food Safety Enhancement Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These new laws will take time to be fully implemented as they require additional funding and manpower, but the following changes will occur and your company needs to be ready!

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