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January 15, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is ready to support the introduction of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The SFCR officially comes into effect today, January 15, 2019.

The purpose of the SFCR, as described by the CFIA, is to “make our food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace. They will reduce unnecessary administrative burden on businesses by replacing 14 sets of regulations with one, and will help maintain and grow market access for Canada's agri-food and agricultural sector.”

The SFCR, in concert with the Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement, allows Canadian producers to work under one set of food safety regulations (SFCR) while still being recognized by our biggest trading partner, the U.S.

Jeff Hall, CPMA’s Food Safety Specialist said: “Canadian consumers can be confident that foods regulated by the SFCR have been grown, manufactured or imported in a system designed to manage the risks associated with the products. I look forward to assisting CPMA members as they transition to working under the SFCR.”

“CPMA would like to thank the CFIA for the collaborative approach they have taken during the development of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and its subsequent regulations,” said Ron Lemaire, CPMA President. “These regulations allow businesses to be innovative while still ensuring they manage the risks associated with their products.”

For questions related to the SFCR, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CPMA’s Food Safety Specialist, at 1-647-409-3570.

 
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January 15, 2019, Ottawa, ON

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced that the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into effect today, ushering in a new era of food safety for Canadians.  

The regulations are consistent with international standards and make Canada's food safety system even stronger by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace.

These new rules also mean greater market access opportunities for Canadian food products exported abroad. In addition, they will reduce the unnecessary administrative burden placed on businesses by replacing 14 sets of regulations with one.

Under the SFCR, food businesses that import or prepare food for export or to be sent across provincial or territorial boundaries must have a licence.

Businesses are also required to have preventive controls that outline steps to address potential risks to food safety, and to trace their food back to their supplier and forward to businesses who bought their products.

While some requirements enter into force immediately, others will be phased in over the following 12-30 months, depending on the food commodity, type of activity and business size. Business owners are encouraged to consult the sector-specific timelines on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website to determine if and when new requirements apply to them.

The United States has recently made it a requirement for all Canadian businesses that export food to meet their new food safety standards. The SFCR will permit Canadian food businesses to acquire a licence that demonstrates that they meet the requirements under the U.S. Foreign Supplier Verification Program so that they can continue trading with the United States.

Quotes

"By emphasizing prevention and faster removal of unsafe foods from the marketplace, the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will build on Canada's world-class food safety system and go even further to protect Canadians."

- Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

"The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are consistent with international food safety standards, and position Canadian food businesses to be more innovative and competitive, both at home and abroad. They represent a vital step towards achieving our Government's trade target of growing agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025."

- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick facts

  • If a business currently has a previous registration or licence with the CFIA, it will remain valid under the SFCR until it expires, even if the date of expiry of the renewed registration or licence occurs after January 15, 2019 (provided there is a statement on it indicating that it is also a licence under the Safe Food for Canadians Act).
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency consulted extensively on the proposed regulations, starting in 2013. Canadians were invited to provide comments via the Canada Gazette in January 2017.
  • Businesses need to sign up for My CFIA to apply for a Safe Food for Canadians licence. My CFIA is a convenient and secure way to do business with the CFIA 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
 
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Regina, Saskatchewan, January 7, 2019 – In keeping with Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) commitment to providing timely and relevant economic insights to Canada’s agriculture industry, FCC chief agricultural economist J.P. Gervais shares five key economic trends in agriculture to watch in 2019.

“Agriculture is an exciting and dynamic industry driven by passion and possibilities,” Gervais says. “While the following five trends are on FCC’s radar, there are many other trends helping to shape this year’s outlooks for various sectors within Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry. We encourage those in the industry to follow the trends that are most helpful in protecting and improving their business’s bottom line.”

Net cash income plateauing

Price volatility, higher input costs and weather-related challenges in many parts of the country over the past year took a toll on Canadian net cash income in 2018. Final calculations will likely show it decreased, and it’s forecast to plateau in 2019.

Overall, the long-term outlook for Canadian agriculture remains positive, since consumer demand for food at home and abroad is still robust and Canadian agriculture and agri-food sectors have shown resilience in the face of adversity, according to Gervais.

“We are likely to see some fast-changing circumstances, including those that are both beneficial or potentially negative to Canadian agriculture,” Gervais says. “However, I am confident that Canadian producers, manufacturers and agri-food operators can quickly adjust to this dynamic operating environment.”

Ripples in the flow of trade

Canada already has some well-established trade agreements in key markets, including the Canada-European Trade Agreement, The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and the yet-to-be-ratified Canada-United States-Mexico trade agreement, also referred to as the new North American Free Trade Agreement.

However, geopolitical tensions resulting in tariffs and other trade barriers will likely continue to disrupt traditional trade relationships and could possibly open new markets at the same time, according to Gervais.

“While the markets generally don’t react well to trade uncertainty, it also opens the door to opportunities for new trade relationships,” he says. “Disruptions can pave the way for new trade flows, which could be positive. But global trade tensions also have the potential to slow growth in the world economy. They can upset the status quo, and potentially impact the demand for Canadian ag commodities and food, and that’s never comfortable.”

Despite the volatility of the international trade environment, Canadian agriculture is well-positioned for export growth in 2019 and beyond, Gervais says.

Global supply and demand fundamentals shifting

Different trends in agriculture are building world supplies of agricultural commodities, but large productivity gains bear special mention. Global production growth in recent years has helped replenish stocks and better equip the markets to absorb potential weather-related supply shocks.

With world demand for food still robust, higher production has been needed to meet the pace of increase. This is having lasting repercussions on prices and revenues for Canadian farmers in a range of sectors, and this trend is expected to continue in 2019.

“Producers who want to see what’s coming should actively monitor global weather patterns, and production updates as the South American crop year wraps up,” Gervais says. “And keep an eye on China and the U.S. China’s large influence on global agricultural markets and the U.S. supply of commodities will have important impacts on 2019 prices.”

Tighter profit margins mean taking calculated risks

It is difficult to anticipate with much precision the domestic supply of various commodities in 2019. With little chance of real growth in commodity prices this year and possibly higher farm input costs, Canadian farmers will need to properly evaluate the outlook for profitability along with the associated risks. Risk management will become an even more significant component of success.

“Canadian producers need to find ways of reducing costs while increasing productivity from their existing operations, whether that means increasing the yield per acre or getting more butterfat from a litre of milk,” Gervais says.

“Adding value to our agricultural products is another avenue to grow farm revenues, as consumers continue to look for healthy and convenient food products,” he says. “Investments in innovation and technology will go a long way in ensuring Canadian agriculture remains competitive.”

Welcome to the golden age of protein

“Canadian producers of both animal and plant-based protein stand to gain buyers both at home and abroad as markets around the world are embracing a wide variety of protein products,” Gervais says. “This trend will continue in 2019 and beyond, as plant and animal proteins serve different segments of the global market.”

2018 was tough on those involved in protein production, even as consumption continues to grow.

“A lot happened last year to impact producers’ bottom lines,” Gervais says. “If there’s a silver lining to the cloud of uncertainty that hung over the sector last year, it’s that this coming year may be the start of something bigger and better.”

FCC Ag Economics will post in-depth blogs on the top five trends, as well as present outlooks on red meat (beef, pork), grains, oilseeds and pulses (corn, soybeans, wheat, canola, lentils, peas), dairy, broilers, horticulture (cranberries, blueberries, maple syrup), food processing (fruits and vegetables, meat, bread, canola, potatoes) and agribusiness (farm inputs, equipment) throughout January. For these insights and more, visit the FCC Ag Economics blog post at fcc.ca/AgEconomics.

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December 20, 2019 (Upper Saddle River, NJ) - The Food Institute forecasts eating away-from-home sales growth will outpace at-home in 2019, according to its webinar "An Honest Look at 2019 Food Industry Trends.” Brian Todd, president of The Food Institute, predicts 5.1% growth for eating and drinking places in the coming year and 2.8% growth for food and beverage stores.

Among the trends for 2019, The Food Institute sees plant-based foods, cannabis and updated vending concepts growing in popularity. Fuel and driver issues will continue to be problem areas for the distribution sector, while Amazon will remain a company to watch as it expands its capabilities in brick-and-mortar, meal kits, private label and even drone delivery.

“I believe we’ll see many companies following this trend of using technology to update traditional service models, as we see the merging of convenience, local and trying to meet consumer demand for something natural and locally produced,” commented Todd.

Additionally, presenters from Blueberry Business Group noted this may be “the end of the food industry as we know it,” adding that other key themes for 2018 and beyond include: the shifts behind the shift – the way consumers live, work and play; and the highest forms of entrepreneurship the industry has ever seen. The firm’s president Debra Bachar said areas of disruption include food delivery, deep discounters and private labels, voice technology, and the alignment of food and healthcare, while senior advisor Bill Pierrakeas detailed the drive behind increasing levels of investment in food industry startups. 

Bachar added that venture capital investment results from industry giants have been mixed, and the strategy of established companies buying emerging competitors once they reach a certain scale is yielding diminishing returns.

To receive more insights from this comprehensive webinar visit: https://foodinstitute.com/events.

 

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