The Safe Food for Canadians Act (something we’ve written about before) is a new piece of legislation in Canada that empowers the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to create regulations around food safety. The changes will affect our food processing customers in various ways, depending on what regulations are being created. The act comes into force at the beginning of 2015 (January 1st) meaning new regulations are soon to follow (released over the course of the next two years). Various categories of regulations will be made, including:
Stronger food safety rules to improve food safety in the views of CFIA, these might include:
- Creation of a system for traceability throughout the food supply chain in Canada
- Enhance industry requirements for record keeping and documentation
Both of these implications are relevant to Minotaur food processing customers. Minotaur’s traceability is one of the most comprehensive traceability systems available, so it’s unlikely there will be a requirement to go beyond Minotaur level traceability (and if so, we’ll adapt). If you’re not currently using Minotaur traceability or something similar, it would appear that a regulation will come out requiring automated traceability and you’ll need to implement something.
HACCP is easily tracked in Minotaur, making inputting of critical control point information associated with a production run, lot of product or receiving easier. Easily accessible and reportable information available when you need it.
In addition to new regulations, the CFIA is also planning to build an interface so the agency can share information and transact with industry partners more easily. It’s unclear what this means yet but it’s possible Minotaur could integrate with this system if our customers require it.
If you would like to better understand what the implications of the act coming into effect January 1st 2015 are, you can learn more on the CFIA website here.
If you’d like to better understand whether Minotaur could be of value in helping you stay ahead of these impending regulations, give us a call at 800-668-1284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.