An Ounce of Prevention: Comparing US and Canadian Food Safety Regulations

By Nidhi Chaturvedi

The goal of both the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is to improve food safety thereby protecting public health. On January 15, 2019, the SFCR went into effect in Canada. Such food safety and food fraud regulations were implemented in the United States in 2011, when President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law on January 4, 2011. The Food and Drug Administration has since then expanded enforcement authorities under FSMA to oversee how food is imported and manufactured. They are comparable but not identical. Their scope and requirements differ.

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