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CFIA Notifications: March 30, 2015

Posted March 31, 2015

Under Other Government Departments-Agencies

Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: Suspended Imports for ALL of Minnesota

Due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the state of Minnesota CFIA has suspended imports of all live birds including poultry and raw avian products/by products including raw pet foods from the State of Minnesota for the time being. Click here for more information.

Notice to Pet Food Importers

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 this commodity that have expired or are due to expire before this date will be extended to April 15, 2015.  

In addition, import permits for processed “non-bovinae” pet food and treats for commercial sale or re-sale in Canada (those not containing bovine ingredients) will be extended to be valid until June 30, 2015.  

During the summer of 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.   

Instead, all processed pet food (heat-treated and shelf stable) must be accompanied by zoosanitary certification endorsed by a veterinarian of the USDA-APHIS.  Importers should contact their U.S. exporters regarding these changes. 

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 for processed pet foods and diets containing animal products and by-products, imported for use in laboratories, as lab samples or for use in research and diet trials (ie:  not for commercial sale in Canada).

Questions can be directed to:
CFIA Animal Import Export Division, Animal Products and By-Products Section