Are There Specific Warehousing Regulations for Food Safety?
Food warehousing is an essential piece of the supply chain. A well-equipped food warehouse is critical for ensuring products are stored safely and remain fresh.
It is important to note that specific safety measures exist related to food warehousing. In Canada, the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and its regulations are the main pieces of legislation governing food warehousing. The SFCA consolidates 14 existing laws into a single framework and sets out new requirements for food businesses, including warehouses.
Under the SFCA, food businesses must prevent food safety risks. These measures include having a written food safety plan that outlines how the business will control hazards throughout the supply chain, from farm to table.
The SFCA impacts many food industries, including dairy, livestock, fruit, vegetables, drinks, and consumer packaged products. The SFCA also requires food businesses to keep track of their products throughout the supply chain in case of recalls.
Working with a qualified warehouse is one way to help ensure food products are stored safely. When looking for a warehouse, you should:
- Ask if the facility is accredited by a recognized body such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
- Make sure the warehouse has a robust food safety plan in place.
- Ask about the warehouse's food safety procedures and how they are enforced.
- Find out if the warehouse has a recall plan in case of a food safety issue.
- Ask about specialized food storage equipment such as refrigerated warehouses.
The SFCA is the primary warehousing regulation to be wary of, but it is not the only one. To learn more about food warehousing regulations, contact a professional warehouse. At 18 Wheels Logistics, our team of experts can help you navigate the food warehousing landscape and ensure that your products are stored safely.
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