New Food safety regulations to affect exporting to Canada


JAMPRO’s Vice-President of Export and Market Development Robert Scott (left), High Commissioner of the Canadian Embassy, His Excellency Robert Ready (second left) and Marlene Porter, Manager – Market Development: Agro-Processing & Services, JAMPRO (right) speak to Spur Tree Spices’ partner Dennis Hawkins (second right) at JAMPRO’s ‘Doing Business in Canada' Seminar held at JAMPRO’s Business Auditorium today, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The seminar empowered exporters in attendance with information on the “Safe Foods for Canadians Act” and other regulations that must be met to export to the lucrative Canadian market.


The act will create consistent trading rules for all food commodities by bringing them under the licensing and regulations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Canadian importers will have to implement systems that will improve and quicken the tracing of the source of products. Importers will also be required to develop and maintain a prevention plan that will manage food safety.



JAMPRO advised Jamaican manufacturers that in addition to meeting importers’ demands due to the new act, they must be compliant with Canada’s Food and Drugs Act and Regulations and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act to ensure that their products will be accepted in the Canadian market. Canada has a large Jamaican community (approximately 300,000) and with this brings an increased demand for Jamaican agro-processed products.   The agency will be hosting a series of workshops and intensifying outreach to prepare Jamaican manufacturers for exporting to international destinations.

Published Date: 
Friday, July 31, 2015
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