Amendments to the Canada Grain Regulations (Falling Number (FN) and deoxynivalenol (DON) as official grain grading factors)

Enabling act

Canada Grain Act


The proposal would make regulatory amendments to the Canada Grain Regulations, and accompanying Schedule III, to add FN and DON as official grain grading factors, pending results of consultation. This would modernize the grain grading system, improve producer protection, and better reflect the operational realities of grain transactions.

The importance of FN and DON has escalated in grain transactions. Falling Number is an indicator of the end-use quality of wheat and its soundness for most milling and bread baking processes. DON is a mycotoxin whose levels may affect grain and food safety.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed regulatory changes would affect licensed Canadian grain elevators and grain producers.

Adding FN and DON as official grading factors would provide producers a formal dispute resolution mechanism for these quality characteristics.

Adding FN and DON into the official grading system may have cost impacts for grain elevators in terms of ongoing analytical testing costs and potential equipment requirements. The capacity to do this type of testing is already widespread in the sector, so stakeholder feedback will be key in determining what/if any new costs may be expected.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

Not applicable.


Consultations have been completed.

On March 11, 2019, the Canadian Grain Commission launched a 60-day discussion period with stakeholders. A summary of the feedback received will be published on the Canadian Grain Commission website.

As part of the assessment, the feedback will be tabled at the Eastern Standards Committee and Western Standards Committee meetings in fall 2019 for review and consideration, and to seek advice on the most effective path forward.

Further information

Consultation: Falling Number and deoxynivalenol (DON) as potential official grain grading factors

Contact information

Melanie Gustafson
Policy Economist
Tel.: 204-292-5721 / TTY: 1-866-317-4289

The date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2019

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