This act is significant in that it represents the first major changes to food legislation in decades, similar to the Food Safety Modernization Act in the United States. Changes aren’t expected overnight. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said current legislation and regulations will remain in effect until it publicizes the new regulations; and that process is expected to take two years, according to industry sources.
This law gives the agency authority to require all food importers to be licensed and will grant the government access to certain information such as the name, phone number and address of an importer, potentially helping to locate the source or sources of a foodborne illness. CFIA also observed the Act clearly bars the entry of potentially unsafe food commodities into Canada and gives the agency the power to require that regulated entities implement traceability systems in order to track food through all stages of production, processing and distribution.