On March 25th the CCBA petitioned the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to delay the deadline for the implementation of the traceability standards imposed as part of the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.

The letter to Dr. Siddika Mithani, President of the CFIA, can be seen here.

On April 7th the CFIA announced that “… until further notice the CFIA will not prioritize compliance activities associated with the July 15, 2020 coming into force of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) for the manufactured food sector.”

Read the full bilingual email here.

In other words, although the CFIA has not moved the deadline for implementation, they have acknowledged the extraordinary circumstances associated with COVID-19, and agreed not to enforce the regulations until they announce their intent to do that “with adequate lead time once the situation allows”.

The CCBA is working on resources that will be made available to breweries that have registered on the CCBA website. Registration is free. You can register here. The resources will include tools and instructions to implement traceability with minimum impact to brewhouse operations. Registered users will receive a notification when these free resources are available.