BC’s New Food Safety Regulations: Are You Going To Fail?

New British Columbia Food Safety Regulations

With the March 26 deadline looming, food processors across the province are currently scrambling to meet B.C.’s new food safety regulations. Under amendments made to B.C.’s Public Health Act in 2013, every food premise in the region will be required, by law, to develop, maintain, and follow a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)-based food safety and sanitation plan.

The implementation of the legislation has already been subject to delays. But even with the extra time to prepare, the vast majority of B.C.’s 5,500 food processors and manufacturers will likely fail to comply when the new regulations come into effect the end of March. Failure to do so will not only put consumers at risk of food poisoning and other safety hazards, but, with penalties ranging from fines to criminal proceedings, could also endanger businesses.

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