Federal Food Processing & Distribution

Manufacturers who produce food products listed under the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Fish Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Act that are to be traded internationally or inter-provincially, must be registered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). It can range from agricultural inputs, such as seeds, feeds and fertilizers, to fresh foods (including meat, fish, eggs, grains, dairy products, fruit and vegetables), and prepared and packaged foods.

Federal registration is the sole jurisdiction of the CFIA. It allows a manufacturer, distributor or importer to sell their product within Manitoba, within Canada or they can export their product to another country, if they meet the requirements of the importing country.

Federally-registered establishments are regularly inspected by the CFIA to ensure the compliance with the Federal Acts and Regulations. The CFIA encourages industry to adopt science-based risk management practices to minimize food safety risks. If a food safety emergency does occur, the CFIA, in partnership with Health Canada, provincial agencies and the food industry, operates an emergency response system.

Federal Model Codes

For more information, email the Food Safety and Inspection Branch or call 204-795-8418 in Winnipeg.