Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC)

The Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC/ATLC) is Canada's national industry association representing the public policy and regulatory interests of the Canadian dairy processing industry.

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Areas of Interest


CFIA Inspection Modernization

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is building on its strong foundation and strengthening Canada's current federal inspection approaches and tools. Inspection modernization is having a single and consistent inspection approach that can be applied to all regulated food, whether imported or produced domestically. Inspection modernization will improve market access and give Canadian companies the flexibility to design controls that demonstrate their operations and products comply with all relevant federal standards. It will also create a more level playing field for businesses by streamlining the inspection process into a single system and eliminating the need for businesses to address multiple requirements.


CFIA Safe Food for Canadians Act

To protect Canadian families from potentially unsafe food, the Government of Canada tabled the Safe Food for Canadians Act on June 7, 2012. The Safe Food for Canadians Act, S-11, was adopted by the Senate on October 17, 2012 and passed by the House of Commons on November 20, 2012. On November 22, 2012, it received Royal Assent. The new Safe Food for Canadians Act consolidates the authorities of the Fish Inspection Act, the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the food provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.


CFIA Regulatory Modernization

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is undertaking a review of its regulations for food safety, plant and animal health to improve their consistency, reduce their complexity and strengthen consumer protection. As part of a multi-year, structured and comprehensive review of its regulatory frameworks, the Agency aims to ensure that safety is the overarching consideration and that regulations align with leading industry practices, and are outcome-based and transparent. Modernized regulations will reduce unnecessary regulatory burden; provide clarity and flexibility in regulations; and support innovation and changes in science and technology.


Health Canada Regulatory Modernization - Marketing Authorizations

The power to make Marketing Authorizations (MA) is an authority provided to the Minister of Health pursuant to sections 30.2 to 30.4 of the Food and Drugs Act. MAs are ministerial regulations which enable the Minister to implement certain food safety decisions by exempting from prohibitions found in either the Food and Drugs Act or the Food and Drug Regulations. Additionally, MAs can be used to define classes, set conditions and incorporate documents by reference. As regulations, MAs have the force of law and are enforceable as are any documents that are incorporated by reference into the MAs.

Amendments to the Food and Drugs Act (Bill C-38)


Health Canada Regulatory Modernization - Incorporation by Reference

"Incorporation by Reference" is a term used to describe a mechanism which allows a document or list that is not in the text of the regulations to be made a part of the regulations. Pursuant to sections 30.5 and 30.6 of the Food and Drugs Act, the Minister of Health or Governor in Council may, with respect to retail foods, incorporate any document by reference into the Food and Drug Regulations or a Marketing Authorization (MA). This includes documents generated and managed by Health Canada, other government agencies and departments, or third parties. The incorporation may be "static" (e.g. incorporating a specific version of a document at a defined date, for instance, Method MFO-15 - November 30, 1981) or may be "ambulatory" (e.g. incorporating a document that will be amended from time to time, for instance, the List of Permitted Anticaking Agents). Documents incorporated by reference have the force of law.


Health Canada - New Food Additives Process

Health Canada's new modern process for regulating food additives does not change the thorough safety assessment that is conducted by Health Canada scientists for all food additives. It will, however, allow Health Canada to act faster to authorize food additives that have health and safety benefits, or to respond to health and safety concerns about an existing additive. The new process is several steps shorter and the steps are significantly faster because the regulations no longer need to be changed every time a new food additive is approved. Instead, should the department determine that a food additive should be authorized (based on the results of the safety assessment and comments received), it's simply a matter of updating a list on the Health Canada web site in order to allow the use of the food additive in Canada. It is expected that the new process will save between 12 and 18 months.

Transition Guide: Understanding and Using the Lists of Permitted Food Additives


Health Canada – New Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs Process

Health Canada’s new MA process for veterinary drug MRLs will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians while also reducing unnecessary red tape. The new process will be several steps shorter and less labour intensive because the regulations do not need to be changed every time an MRL is established or updated. Instead, the “List of Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs” will be incorporated by reference (i.e. have the force of law) and will be maintained on Health Canada’s Web site; any proposed changes will continue to be the subject of consultation, and the list will then be updated administratively. Associated Governor in Council regulations are being developed for pre-publication at a later date in order to repeal the existing “Table III” in Part B, Division 15, of the Food and Drug Regulations, as the list of MRLs will now be published and maintained online.


Areas of Interest


CFIA Inspection Modernization

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is building on its strong foundation and strengthening Canada's current federal inspection approaches and tools. more »


CFIA Safe Food for Canadians Act

To protect Canadian families from potentially unsafe food, the Government of Canada tabled the Safe Food for Canadians Act on June 7, 2012. more »


CFIA Regulatory Modernization

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is undertaking a review of its regulations for food safety, plant and animal health to improve their consistency, reduce their complexity and strengthen consumer protection.more »


Health Canada Regulatory Modernization - Marketing Authorizations

The power to make Marketing Authorizations (MA) is an authority provided to the Minister of Health pursuant to sections 30.2 to 30.4 of the Food and Drugs Act. more»


Health Canada Regulatory Modernization - Incorporation by Reference

"Incorporation by Reference" is a term used to describe a mechanism which allows a document or list that is not in the text of the regulations to be made a part of the regulations. more »


Health Canada - New Food Additives Process

Health Canada's new modern process for regulating food additives does not change the thorough safety assessment that is conducted by Health Canada scientists for all food additives. more »


Health Canada – New Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs Process

Health Canada’s new MA process for veterinary drug MRLs will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians while also reducing unnecessary red tape. more »