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Twenty-first meeting of the Agri-Subcommittee on Food Safety: Record of decision

May 10, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario

Key decision points

  • The meeting focused primarily on the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), its implementation, lessons learned and challenges experienced from both a government and industry perspective.
  • Following the VCRT revitalization discussion, there was agreement that the ASFS would have a conference call to discuss input on the revitalization process.
  • The ongoing need for Food Safety engagement between government and industry was discussed. Specific questions included which Federal departments have mandates to address Food Safety and where would the best fit for the ASFS be for future delivery.


An Update on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)

The SFCR and Canadian Trade

Future Changes to the SFCR

Industry Experiences with the SFCR: Panel and ASFS Roundtable

Integrated Economic Agenda

An Update on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and the AgriAssurance Program

VCRT Revitalization Update

Roundtable discussion


The next ASFS meeting is tentatively scheduled for winter 2020.

Annex A

Action Items
Action Item Description Responsibility Timeline
21-1 For a future meeting, industry requested a presentation on certification and third party audits, to learn more about how they work. (CFIA). CFIA Next ASFS meeting
21-2 CFIA to provide additional details on inspectorate training, that is training requirements moving forward. CFIA Spring 2019
21-3 CFIA to use the ASFS to consult on the future changes to the SFCR. CFIA/AAFC Spring 2019
  1. AAFC to share the next version of the VCRT revitalisation presentation with the ASFS.
AAFC Spring 2019
  1. AAFC to organise a webinar for ASFS members to discuss the next iteration of the VCRT model.
  1. ASFS members are encouraged to provide input (individually or collaboratively, conference call or other means) to AAFC on the future direction of consultation models
ASFS Members



Industry members

Federal members


Federal observers

Federal support

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