In December 2007, the Government of Canada proposed the Food Safety Action Plan (FSAP) as part of their broader Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan.This action plan is a five year initiative that aims to modernize and strengthen Canada's food safety system and increase collaboration and information sharing among government partners, industry, and consumers in the Imported Food Sector (IFS) as well as providing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with an enhanced ability to communicate important information to importers to assist in mitigating food safety risks.Imported food sector (IFS) products represent approximately 70% of food products sold in Canada. An IFS product is any imported food or food ingredient for human consumption.If you are an importer of IFS products then becoming prepared for the full implementation of the Food Safety Action Plan (FSAP) is a MUST. In the next 2 years, the FSAP regulatory requirements will be in full force and if you are not in full compliance, then you will be unable to import IFS products.To assist importers in becoming aware of the implications and requirements of the Food Safety Action Plan, Pacific Customs Brokers is hosting a CFIA Seminar on Thursday, September 30th, 2010. Carol Brown, LCB, CCS, the instructor of the CFIA session, will be providing an update on the latest food licensing requirements. We strongly urge all persons involved in the importing of food products attend the CFIA Seminar.For more information on registering for the CFIA Seminar, please email or contact Yvette Fox at 888.538.1566.

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While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.