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CFIA Implementing More Changes to the Terrestrial Animal Products and By-products Import Policy

Posted December 09, 2020

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency advises that beginning December 16, an additional six chapters of the Terrestrial Animal Products and By-products: Import Policy Framework will be implemented and become active.
Animal Parts and Medical Symbols (Original graphic credit: ADAW Project
The move is part of the two-year phased approach to implementation of the agency’s new policy framework that was launched in 2018, in an effort to streamline and update information.  

Importers should be aware that documentation required to allow importation must be issued prior to the arrival at the border inspection port to be eligible to enter Canada and be presented to Canada Border Services Agency and/or the CFIA for inspection.


Affected Chapters

8 – General Import Requirements: Zoosanitary certificate; import permit (in effect as of Sept. 30) and importer’s declaration; Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species permit; in-transit shipments and transshipment requirements.

10.2 – Integumentary Tissues & Animal-Origin Display Items: Requirements (inspection, documentation, proof of origin, etc.) covering the importation of integumentary tissues of mammals and avian species, including: raw wool; hair/bristles; untanned hides/skins; furs/pelts (not fully dressed); bones; skulls; teeth/tusks; hooves; horns/antlers; and, feathers.

10.3 – Contaminated Goods: To prevent the transmission of animal diseases, the CFIA requires that many goods arriving in Canada be properly cleaned and void of any visible organic matter prior to their release at the border inspection port. This applies to all items or “things” such as those listed in 10.3.3 when contaminated by animal manure, earth, dirt, plant litter/debris, etc.  

10.9 – Pet Chews: Import requirements (e.g., risk assessment questionnaire, compliance statement, import permit, etc.) pertaining to washed, heat-treated and dried single- or multi-ingredient pet chews made from animal tissues.

15.2 – Annex 2: Acceptable Treatments for Feathers: Feathers or down for export to Canada may be processed (washed, fumigated, irradiated, etc.) to ensure the destruction of Avian Influenza virus and Newcastle Disease virus using the specific treatment methods (or equivalent) described in the annex.

15.4 – Annex 4: Bacterial Culture Testing Requirements for Pet Chews: The testing methodology to be followed for pet chews calls for a random sampling of at least five samples from each processed batch taken prior to or after storage at the processing plant, in compliance with the bacterial standards described in the annex.


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