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Fact sheets: Feeds Regulations 2021
Feed importers

The Feeds Regulations, 2021 will impact a variety of stakeholders, including commercial feed mills, mixed feed manufacturers and suppliers, single ingredient feed manufacturers and suppliers, retail outlets, rendering plants that manufacture feed, livestock producers (on-farm feed mills), feed importers and feed exporters.

Feed importers are businesses that import feed into Canada. The Feeds Regulations, 2021 will apply to those who import, export, manufacture and sell feed. Depending on the scope of their business, a feed importer may be involved in more than one feed-related activity.

All imported feeds must either be registered or must be imported by a licence holder. If the imported feed is registered, the importer may also choose to get a licence The imported feed must meet Canadian standards and labelling requirements. In addition, the importer of a feed must be able to demonstrate that it was manufactured under a preventive control plan.

The Feeds Act sets out the authority for licencing, while the Feeds Regulations, 2021 set out exactly who needs a licence. Imported feeds will fall into 2 categories: feeds that are imported for commercial use, and feeds that are imported for feeding your own livestock.

Feeds that are imported for commercial use:

Feeds that are imported for feeding your own livestock:

In which cases does this fact sheet apply to you?

New regulatory requirements that apply to you

You import feed for commercial use

Hazard analysis and preventive control plans

You must prepare, keep, maintain and implement a written preventive control plan (PCP) for any activities you perform with the imported feed. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate that the imported feed was manufactured, stored, packaged and labelled under conditions which provide the same level of protection as if those activities took place domestically under a preventive control plan. This is a new requirement.

Licences

If the feed you are importing is not registered, you will require a licence. This is a new requirement.

Traceability and record-keeping

You will be required to keep records of the feeds you import for sale, including when and where they came from, as well as who you ship or sell the feed to. The records must include the name of the feed, the lot number, the date, and contact information. This is a new requirement.

Product registration

It will depend on the types of feeds you import into Canada, as you will still be required to register certain types of mixed feeds under Feeds Regulations, 2021. Therefore, it is your responsibility to verify, prior to importation, if the imported feed requires registration.

In addition, you may choose to register a feed in order to import it without a licence.

This is an amended requirement, and will reduce the number of mixed feeds requiring mandatory product registration.

Product labelling

You will need to ensure the feeds you import meet all labelling requirements outlined in the Feeds Regulations, 2021. Feeds that are manufactured outside of Canada and imported into Canada must meet the same labelling requirements as a feed that is produced domestically. You will be responsible for labelling the imported feed properly, in collaboration with the foreign manufacturer.

This is an amended requirement.

You import feed for feeding your own livestock

Hazard analysis and preventive control plans

You must prepare, keep, maintain and implement a written preventive control plan (PCP) for any activities you perform with the imported feed fed to your own livestock. In addition, you must be able to demonstrate that the imported feed was manufactured, stored, packaged and labelled under conditions which provide the same level of protection as if those activities took place domestically under a preventive control plan. This is a new requirement.

Licences

You are not required to have a licence if the feed is imported for feeding to your own livestock. This is not a change from the current requirements.

Traceability and record-keeping

You will be required to keep records of the feeds you import for feeding to your own livestock, including when you received the feed and where it came from. The records must include the name of the feed, the lot number, the date, and contact information. This is a new requirement.

Product registration

Feeds that are not imported by a licence holder must be registered. This is not a change from the current requirements.

You are responsible for verifying if the imported feed requires registration prior to importation.

Product labelling

You will need to ensure the feeds you import meet all labelling requirements outlined in the Feeds Regulations, 2021. Feeds that are manufactured outside of Canada and imported into Canada must meet the same labelling requirements as a feed that is produced domestically.

Benefits

The new Feeds Regulations, 2021 will introduce an outcome-based and risk-based approach to feed safety and compliance through modernized regulatory requirements (hazard identification and analysis, preventive control plans, traceability and labelling requirements) and permissions (feed ingredient assessments and approvals, product registration and licences). The benefits that this new regulatory framework will provide are to:

As an importer of feed, it is your responsibility to make sure that the feed you import into Canada meets the same regulatory requirements outlined in the Feed Regulations, 2021 as a feed produced within Canada. Ensuring that imported feeds meet the same standards as feeds manufactured domestically helps to protect animal health and contributes to food safety in Canada. Whether imported feeds are registered or imported by a licence holder, the same conditions apply with respect to identifying hazards, putting in place preventive control plans, meeting safety standards, and proper labelling.

Feed being imported into Canada may need to meet other import requirements related to plant health and animal health. These import requirements are in place to prevent the spread of diseases and pests that could be introduced into Canada through the importation of feed. The specific requirements for the importation of commodities regulated by CFIA can be found in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS).

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