Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SOR/2018-108)

Regulations are current to 2019-05-22 and last amended on 2019-01-15. Previous Versions

PART 6Commodity-specific Requirements (continued)

DIVISION 7Meat Products and Food Animals (continued)

SUBDIVISION JPost-mortem Programs

Marginal note:Application for an authorization

  •  (1) The holder of a licence to slaughter may apply in writing to the Minister for an authorization to conduct

    • (a) a post-mortem examination program concerning a food animal referred to in the document entitled Fundamentals of the Post-mortem Examination Program, prepared by the Agency and published on its website, as amended from time to time; or

    • (b) a post-mortem defect management program concerning a food animal referred to in the document entitled Fundamentals of the Post-mortem Defect Management Program prepared by the Agency and published on its website, as amended from time to time.

  • Marginal note:Contents of application

    (2) The application must include

    • (a) the licence holder’s licence number and the address of the establishment where the program will be conducted; and

    • (b) a copy of the licence holder’s preventive control plan that meets the requirements of section 89.

  • Marginal note:Authorization

    (3) The Minister must authorize the licence holder to conduct a post-mortem examination program or a post-mortem defect management program if

    • (a) the preventive control plan that is included in the licence holder’s application meets the requirements of section 89; and

    • (b) the Minister is of the opinion, based on the information that was made available to him or her, that the licence holder is able to conduct the program in compliance with these Regulations.

Marginal note:Grounds for suspension

 The Minister may suspend a licence holder’s authorization to conduct a post-mortem examination program or a post-mortem defect management program if

  • (a) the licence holder does not comply with their post-mortem examination program or post-mortem defect management program;

  • (b) the licence holder does not comply with any provision of the Act or of these Regulations; or

  • (c) the Minister is of the opinion that a risk of injury to human health may result if the licence holder continues to conduct the program.

Marginal note:Suspension

  •  (1) The Minister must not suspend a licence holder’s authorization to conduct a post-mortem examination program or a post-mortem defect management program unless the licence holder

    • (a) was provided with an inspection report that sets out the grounds for the suspension and the period within which corrective action must be taken in order to avoid the suspension; and

    • (b) failed to take corrective action within that period.

  • Marginal note:Written notice

    (2) The Minister must notify the licence holder in writing of the suspension and the date on which it takes effect.

Marginal note:Risk of injury to human health

  •  (1) Despite section 162, if the Minister is of the opinion that a risk of injury to human health may result if the licence holder continues to conduct the post-mortem examination program or post-mortem defect management program, the Minister may suspend the authorization immediately after the licence holder is provided with an inspection report that sets out the grounds for the suspension.

  • Marginal note:Written notice

    (2) The Minister must notify the licence holder in writing that their authorization is suspended and that the suspension takes effect immediately.

Marginal note:Suspension — duration

 The suspension of an authorization to conduct a post-mortem examination program or post-mortem defect management program must be lifted if the Minister determines that corrective action has been taken.

SUBDIVISION KFood Animal Information Documents and Document Keeping

Marginal note:Required documents

  •  (1) Before slaughtering a food animal that is an equine or a bird, the holder of a licence to slaughter must obtain, from the person who owned or had the possession, care or control of the food animal before its arrival at the establishment where it is intended to be slaughtered, documents that include the following information:

    • (a) the name and contact information of the person who owned it and any person who had the possession, care or control of it immediately before its arrival at the establishment;

    • (b) the last location where it was raised or kept before its arrival at the establishment, including the address of the location, its code or the number that identifies it;

    • (c) the food animal’s identification number or any other information that identifies it;

    • (d) the name of any on-farm food safety program under which the food animal was raised or kept;

    • (e) in the case of a bird,

      • (i) the time at which the first bird of the lot of birds was placed into a crate,

      • (ii) the time at which the bird was last provided with access to a source of hydration before being loaded, and

      • (iii) the time at which the bird was last provided with access to feed before being loaded;

    • (f) a description of any physical or chemical hazard to which the food animal may have been exposed that could cause any meat product that is derived from the food animal to be contaminated;

    • (g) in respect of the last 120 days of the life of a bird that has been used for breeding or egg production or in respect of the entire life of any other bird,

      • (i) the mortality rate for the flock from which the bird originates,

      • (ii) the name of any disease or syndrome that was diagnosed in the flock from which the bird originates and the date on which the flock recovered from the disease or syndrome,

      • (iii) the names of any drugs administered to treat a disease or syndrome or administered as an extra-label use and of any vaccines that were administered to the bird, as well as

        • (A) their route of administration,

        • (B) the first and last date of their administration,

        • (C) the dosage that was administered, and

        • (D) the withdrawal period or, in the case of an extra-label drug administration, a copy of the prescription that was issued by a veterinarian and an attestation by a competent person or body with respect to the withdrawal period for that administration, and

      • (iv) the name of any drug that has been administered in the last 14 days that requires a withdrawal period; and

    • (h) in respect of the last 180 days of the life of an equine,

      • (i) the name of any disease or syndrome that was diagnosed or a description of any deviation from normal behaviour, physiology or appearance,

      • (ii) the names of any drugs and vaccines that were administered to the equine, as well as

        • (A) their Drug Identification Numbers, if any,

        • (B) their route of administration,

        • (C) the last date of their administration,

        • (D) the dosage that was administered, and

        • (E) the withdrawal period or, in the case of an extra-label drug administration, a copy of the prescription that was issued by a veterinarian and an attestation by a competent person or body with respect to the withdrawal period for that administration, and

      • (iii) the use of the equine.

  • Marginal note:Exception — equines and birds

    (2) Despite subsection (1) and subsections 138(1) and 139(1), the licence holder may slaughter the equine or bird without having first obtained the documents referred to in subsection (1) if they notify an inspector before slaughtering the equine or bird and if, subsequent to the slaughter, the meat product that is derived from the equine or bird

    • (a) is held by the licence holder until they have obtained those documents, examined them and presented them to a veterinary inspector or to an inspector under the supervision of a veterinary inspector; or

    • (b) is identified as inedible.

  • Marginal note:Exception — game animal, ostrich, rhea and emu

    (3) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a game animal or an ostrich, rhea or emu.

  • Marginal note:Retention period of documents

    (4) The documents referred to in subsection (1) must be kept for one year after the day on which the food animal arrives at the establishment.

 
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