New regulations governing food safety came into effect in Canada today.
The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are consistent with international standards, the government said, and focus on prevention as well as removing unsafe foods from the marketplace more quickly.
Under the new rules, any food businesses that import or prepare food for export across provincial or territorial boundaries must have a licence.
Some of the new requirements will be phased in over 30 months, while others come into effect immediately.
For example, licensing, preventive controls and traceability for dairy products, eggs and processed fruit or vegetable products are all immediately in force.
Manufacturers and processors of food additives and alcoholic beverages are subject to fewer regulations and have until July 15, 2020, to implement traceability requirements.
The regulations result in the repeal of 14 others, including regulations under the Meat Inspection Act.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency began consulting on new regulations in 2013 and solicited public input after they appeared in the Canada Gazette in 2017.