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CFIA Signals Requirement for Sanitary Certificates for U.S. Pet Food Imports

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has signalled that it intends to introduce a new import policy that would require a zoo sanitary certificate to accompany each shipment of pet food imported from the U.S. into Canada. The zoo sanitary certificate would be issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). It is anticipated that an APHIS inspection of the U.S. facility would be required in order for issuance of a zoo sanitary certificate.

The timeframe and details for implementation of the proposed change is currently under discussion with stakeholders.

Currently, a zoo sanitary certificate is only required for the import of pet food that contains beef or ingredients derived from animals in the genera bovinae. The new policy would see a zoo sanitary certificate also required for the import of all other pet food that does not contain beef or is non-bovinae. The import policy would impact the import of all pet food and pet treats.

In lieu of the requirement for a zoo sanitary certificate from APHIS, Canadian importers would no longer be required to apply for an import certificate from CFIA for the import of finished pet food.