2018 was an eventful year in Canada’s food regulatory space.
A number of changes and proposed changes were introduced throughout
the year, including the release of the long-awaited Safe Food for
Canadians Regulations 1 (SFCR), the publication of
proposed regulations to permit and regulate edible cannabis, and
continued efforts in modernizing Canada’s food labeling
Below is our list of the top 10 food regulatory issues in Canada
in 2018 and what to watch for in 2019.
1. Safe food for Canadians regulations
Topping our list is the June 13 release of the finalized SFCR,
which had been in development since 2012 following the enactment of
the Safe Food for Canadians Act 2 (SFCA). Together, the
SFCA and SFCR came into force on January 15, 2019, and introduced
the most significant changes in decades to Canada’s legal
framework for food products.
The SFCR overhauled the existing regulatory framework for food
products, replacing 14 separate