Seafood health and safety in Canada
Canada has one of the world's most respected fish inspection and control systems. Learn how we ensure that the seafood you eat is safe for consumption.
The Government of Canada sets the policies, requirements and inspection standards for:
- fish products
- fishing vessels
- equipment used for handling, transporting and storing fish
- federally registered fish and seafood processing establishments
All establishments which process fish and seafood for export or inter-provincial trade must:
- be federally registered
- develop and put into effect a hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) based on a Quality Management Program plan
A Quality Management Plan outlines the controls used by an establishment to ensure that:
- all fish products are processed under sanitary conditions
- the resulting products are safe and meet all regulatory requirements
Canadian seafood products will continue to meet the increasingly rigorous health and safety standards required by the world's major seafood markets.
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