Food Safety Legislation in Alberta

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Food safety involves a complex collaboration between governments and industry at all levels. As in other provinces, food safety in Alberta is regulated by both provincial and federal legislation. Generally speaking, provincial regulation relates to hygiene requirements whereas federal legislation covers specific food safety requirements such as food additives, process controls, allergens, composition, and labelling requirements.

Provincial Legislation

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) administers and enforces acts and regulations that support safe and secure food products and production practices throughout the supply chain in Alberta.

Alberta Health is responsible for the administration of the Public Health Act and Food Regulation. Enforcement of these regulations is the responsibility of Alberta Health Services (AHS) through their inspection programs. The inspection program involves the assessing of food handling and monitoring compliance with the Food Regulation and the Food Retail and Foodservices Code.

Federal Legislation

Health Canada (HC) is responsible for establishing policies, setting standards and providing advice and information on the safety and nutritional value of food. HC also assesses the effectiveness of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) activities related to food safety. Here is a list of Federal Acts and Regulations pertaining to food safety in Canada.

United States Legislation

United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act aims to ensure U.S. food supply is safe by shifting focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

Regulatory Updates

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This information published to the web on February 18, 2014.
Last Reviewed/Revised on August 9, 2017.