Foreign Supplier PCP -Preventative Control Program

SFCR Foreign PCP -What do you need?

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Felicia Loo
Felicia Loo

SFCR Foreign PCP -What do you need?

Dear Food Importer,

We understand how frustrated you are -the moment you hear about the SFC license and the PCP.
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This short training explains the component of PCP, why you need a PCP and what you will need for a PCP.

Preventive Control Plan
What does this do?

The PCP outlines the hazard assessment and the resulting method that you choose to control the hazards. 
We define hazards through 3 main categories: biological, chemical and physical. 
  1. Biological hazards refer to the presence of bacteria, viruses, pathogens, etc that can cause food-borne illnesses. 
  2. Chemical hazards refer to any chemicals that are not intended to be applied to the food product, above the maximum allowable limit for Canadian regulations. These includes
    1. Pesticides
    2. Herbicides
    3. Mycotoxins 
    4. Cleaning chemicals
    5. Preservatives & Food Additives
  3. Physical hazards refer to the presence of foreign materials such as twigs, branches, plastic/metal/glass pieces etc, that do not naturally belong to the food products.

Why do you need PCP, apart from the CFIA requirements?
  • To protect the consumers from consuming hazardous food products
  • Preventing recall

Why you can't do a PCP based on product categories alone?
Food hazards risk differs depending on
  • Supplier's food safety program (and processing treatment)
  • Same food may have different specifications and exposure to a different environment
  • Region -certain food from a specific region are more prevalent for food recall.

What do you need?
  • Foreign Supplier food safety information
  • Specification, allergen checklist
  • Letter of Guarantee

What if I don't have all the information?
You are responsible for the food that you bring into Canada -that includes the safety, the cost to recall, the cost to test etc. You have few options at this point:
  1. Perform extra tests to confirm the suspected hazards
  2. Find alternative suppliers
  3. Work with your suppliers for documentation

How SFPM Consulting helps?
We may assist you in few ways
  • review your supplier documentation and provide recommendations for your PCP plan. 
  • Review your foreign supplier label for compliance
  • Prepare your traceability/recall program

How we are different?
  • We are transparent with what we can do for you
  • You know the lead time at the time of booking a project with us, typically 2 weeks.
  • We provide templates that help you and your supplier gather information.   

Book a 20 minutes complimentary meeting with us:

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Felicia Loo
595 Howe St. Vancouver BC V6C2T5

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