Food Product Innovation Amendments to the FDR and SFCR

ARGO Customs brokers has years of experience with knowing how to bring food into Canada.

When it comes to food products, an importer has to comply not only with Canada Customs (CBSA) rules, but with Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) rules as well.

For all food products, an SFC licence is needed. In addition, for fresh produce, a DRC licence (or DRC exemption letter) is required.

To make it easy for importers to understand what to do for their particular goods, they are welcome to contact us directly via email at or feel free to use the LIVE chat tool on our website at

Our certified Customs specialist will provide you with useful links and step-by-step instructions.

The changes to the FDR and SFCR include:

  • – Repeal of some standard container sizes.
  • – Incorporation by reference of remaining standard container sizes.
  • – Incorporation by reference of class names.
  • – Updated definition of test market food.
  • – Harmonized and streamlined food commodity-specific labelling requirements.

CFIA updates their rules and requirements on a regular basis.  Our role is to educate our customers on what they need to do in order to ensure that Customs clearances go smoothly.

On July 6, 2022, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency published amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) related to the Food Product Innovation initiative.
Guidance in the Industry Labelling Tool is updated and a summary of changes page is available.

The Food Product Innovation initiative contributes to the Government of Canada’s continued effort to modernize food labelling as part of an overall coordinated approach to the federal food regulatory framework.

ARGO Customs Brokers continually monitors all new CBSA and CFIA requirements so that our customers’ shipments can be released without delay.