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Livestock feeds

The manufacture, sale and import of livestock feeds are regulated in Canada under the Feeds Act and Regulations and Health of Animals Act and Regulations administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). All feeds must be safe for livestock; for humans (by the potential transfer of residues into human food, that is, meat, milk and eggs, and via worker/bystander exposure); and for the environment. Feeds must also be fit for purpose and must be properly labelled to ensure safe and appropriate use.


Services and information

Introduction - Regulation of livestock feed in Canada

Overview of the animal feed program

Regulatory guidance

Labelling standards, registration requirements, procedures and policies for the manufacture, sale and import of livestock feed in Canada.

Approval and registration of livestock feeds

Approval, registration, renewals, research, opinion request, data review, registration requirements, pre-submission consultation meeting, guidance on the classification of veterinary drugs and livestock feeds

Inspection program

Industry guidance, policy clarification, inspector guidance, and reports.

List of approved feed ingredients

Ingredients evaluated and approved for manufacture, import, and sale for use in livestock feed in Canada.

Feed industry notices

News and updates for the livestock feed industry.

Novel feeds

Environmental and feed safety, pre-submission consultation procedures, and industry guidance.


Comment on proposed regulatory and policy changes.

Medicated feeds

Responsible use of antimicrobials in animals, Compendium of Medicating Ingredient Brochures (CMIB), analytical methods, mixing procedures, cleanout procedures, sequencing guidance, veterinary prescription, veterinary health products (VHPs) in feeds.

Feed regulatory modernization

Information related to the modernization of the Feeds Regulations.


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