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Some parts of your business may require a written Preventive Control Plan (PCP), while others may not. Find out if your business requires a written PCP by answering a few simple questions. It only takes about 5 minutes. The specific sections of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) that outline the requirements are indicated where applicable.
What is a Preventive Control Plan (PCP)?
A PCP is a written document that demonstrates how risks to food and food animals are identified and controlled.
Even if you do not need a PCP, you may still need to comply with the preventive controls requirements in Part 4 of the SFCR. Refer to the Preventive controls for food businesses to help you determine if and how the preventive controls requirements apply to your food business.
General exemptions from the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are:
[SFCR: 20(1); 21; 23(1) (a)-(c), (d)(i) and (e)]