Update for Food Importers, Exporters & Producers

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has advised that their anticipated implementation date (June 2015) for changes resulting from passage of the Safe Foods For Canadians Act has been delayed.  More time is needed to review the regulations with respect to businesses that are affected by the changes. Revised, proposed regulations are expected in the Canada Gazette in 2016 (exact dates are unknown).

 

Please see Cole’s original post on the subject here:

http://www.coleintl.com/news/update-for-food-importers-exporters-producers/

To learn more or provide feedback to the CFIA on this issue, please visit:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/acts-and-regulations/regulatory-initiatives/sfca/food-safety-systems/eng/1426531180176/1426531265317

Cole continues to monitor the situation for the latest information and will update you as it becomes available.

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UPDATE: Pet Food & Pet Treat Imports From USA

On April 8, 2015, Cole advised that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) had announced that the requirement for import permits for certain pet foods and pet treats from the USA were being phased out.  Since then, the CFIA has issued a further bulletin on the matter with some changes and clarifications regarding processed “non-bovinae” pet food and treats as follows:

 

~~ IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION ~~

 

Please note that CFIA import permits for PROCESSED “NON-BOVINAE” PET FOOD AND TREATS FROM THE USA FOR COMMERCIAL SALE OR RE-SALE IN CANADA (those not containing bovine ingredients) will be extended to be valid until August 30,2015.

PET FOODS NOT CONTAINING BOVINAE INGREDIENTS MANUFACTURED IN USDA APPROVED “BOVINAE” FACILITIES WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE AN IMPORT PERMIT; HOWEVER, EACH SHIPMENT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ORGINAL USDA/APHIS EXPORT CERTIFICATE ATTESTING TO CFIA’S IMPORT REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE REFER TO THE CFIA AUTOMATED IMPORT REFERENCE SYSTEM FOR CONDITIONS. 

The CFIA is planning to remove the requirement of an import permit for all processed (heat-treated and shelf stable) pet foods containing animal products and by-products, including pet foods not containing bovine ingredients.

The implementation date for the removal of the import permit by a zoosanitary export certificate from the USDA will be decided after April 30, 2015, which is the closing date for the 60 day stakeholder consultation period.

Please note: Import Permits will continue to be required for:

  • raw pet diets containing animal products and by-products that are not heat-treated/shelf stable and
  • processed pet foods and diets containing animal products and by-products, imported for use in laboratories, as samples for analysis, research and/or diet trials
  •  supplements, vitamins and minerals for pets

See Original Post from April 8, 2015

 

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Pet Food & Treats From USA, Changes to Import Permit Requirements

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has advised that the requirement for import permits for certain pet foods and pet treats from the USA are being phased out.  They have issued a “Notice to Importers” in this regard as follows:

 

Notice to Importers of Processed Pet Food From the USA

1.  CONTAINING BOVINAE INGREDIENTS 

Please note that as of April 15, 2015, import permits will no longer be required for PROCESSED PET FOOD AND TREATS FROM THE USA CONTAINING BOVINAE INGREDIENTS FOR COMMERCIAL SALE OR RE-SALE IN CANADA.

Import permits for these commodities that have expired or are due to expire before this date will be extended to April 15, 2015. The CFIA Centre of Administration (CoA) is currently amending the expiry dates on import permits for import permit renewal applications received to-date. The expiry dates for these renewals will be updated and these permits will be reissued in priority sequence. Shipments arriving before April 15, 2015 without a valid import permit will be refused entry.

Please note:  Import Permits will continue to be required for:

    •  raw pet diets containing animal products and by-products that are not heat-treated/shelf stable and;
    • processed pet foods and diets containing animal products and by-products, imported for use in laboratories, as samples for analysis, research and/or diet trials (not for commercial sale)

 

2. NOT CONTAINING BOVINE INGREDIENTS 

CFIA import permits for PROCESSED “NON-BOVINAE” PET FOOD AND TREATS FROM THE USA FOR COMMERCIAL SALE OR RE-SALE IN CANADA (those not containing bovine ingredients) will be extended to be valid until June 30,2015.

The CFIA is planning to remove the requirement of an import permit for all processed (heat-treated and shelf stable) pet foods containing animal products and by-products, including pet foods not containing bovine ingredients. The implementation date for the removal of the import permit by a zoosanitary export certificate from the USDA will be decided after April 30, 2015, which is the closing date for the 60 day stakeholder consultation period.

Please note: Import Permits will continue to be required for:

  • raw pet diets containing animal products and by-products that are not heat-treated/shelf stable and
  • processed pet foods and diets containing animal products and by-products, imported for use in laboratories, as samples for analysis, research and/or diet trials (not for commercial sale)

Questions can be directed to:  

Your Cole Technical Services Representative, or CFIA Animal Import Export Division Animal Products and By-Products Section apabpimport@inspection.gc.ca

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Streamlined Import Permit Process, Commonly Traded Plants

Importers may now apply for permission to import all plants on a new Horticulture Plant List (HPL) from all countries, with a single entry on their import permit application form. This is due to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) new approach to issuing import permits for commonly traded plants intended for planting and propagation.

This is another positive step as the CFIA continues its commitment to better meeting the needs of stakeholders such as consumers, industry and international trading partners by improving how it delivers its programs.

Cole International can assist you with the above, plus all of your import or export needs in any industry sector.  Please contact us at 403-262-2771.

Horticultural Plant List:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/horticulture/imports/horticulture-plant-list/eng/1419017863407/1419017907742#listd

 

For more information (including FAQ’s and contact information for any questions):

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/horticulture/imports/horticulture-plant-list/faq/eng/1419022153910/1419022198238

 

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Avian Influenza Affecting Imports

Restriction on live birds, eggs, raw poultry products, raw pet foods from Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing measures to protect Canada’s poultry resources from an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza reported in poultry in the states of Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, USA.

Travellers should know that, due to this outbreak, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the states of Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are under restriction until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada.

These measures are a normal part of Canada’s animal disease control efforts and are consistent with international guidelines on trade.

Examples of restricted items include:

  • live birds and hatching eggs
  • eggs, yolks, egg whites (albumen)
  • poultry meat (other than fully cooked, canned, commercially sterile meat products)
  • raw pet foods containing poultry products
  • feathers
  • poultry manure and litter
  • laboratory material containing poultry products/by-products

Note: The above information is an excerpt from a March 10, 2015 publication by the CFIA.  Full contents are available at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/imports/travellers/2015-01-26/eng/1421341696172/1421341727507

***If you import any of the above commodities and need more information on the effects of the new restrictions, please contact your Cole Technical Services Representative.

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