CFIA facility questionnaire for the import of plant-based meals into Canada where processing or other mitigation measures will take place in Canada
This facility questionnaire or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) facility questionnaire for the export of plant-based meals to Canada must be completed by any facility representative importing plant-based meals from a country listed in Appendix 3 of Import Requirements for Plant-based Feed Ingredients Imported for Use In Livestock Feed. The harmonized system (HS) codes of the specific products are found in Appendix 2 of Import Requirements for Plant-based Feed Ingredients Imported for Use In Livestock Feed. The purpose of the questionnaire is to provide a facility a means by which to demonstrate that the risk of transmission of African swine fever (ASF) via contamination of these products has been mitigated.
The CFIA may, at any time, perform an on-site visit to verify that the information provided within this questionnaire is complete and accurate as presented. Completed questionnaires are valid for 1 year.
Note: The importation of livestock feeds may be subject to further import conditions administered and enforced by the CFIA. Depending on the origin and type of product being imported, an additional CFIA plant health import permit may be required, or there may be restrictions in place that would prohibit the importation of the plant or plant product entirely, regardless of end use.
It is the responsibility of all importers to be aware of the applicable import requirements for any products they wish to bring into Canada and to ensure that each shipment meets those requirements when it arrives at the Canadian border. The Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) shows the import requirements for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulated commodities.
Name of facility:
Physical address of facility:
Mailing address of facility if different than physical address:
List activities that the facility performs (thermal processing/manufacture, packaging,
Facility representative information
Name of facility representative completing the questionnaire:
1. List all the incoming plant materials, including species and country of origin that are received, stored, processed or otherwise handled in this facility.
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2. List all the finished (out-going) products that this facility produces, including the applicable HS code, and indicate those that are intended for livestock feed.
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3. A. Does the facility process product imported from countries listed in Appendix 3 in a manner that includes heating of the product to a minimum of 70°C for 30 minutes or 85°C for 5 minutes?
a. If no, please provide a complete description of how the product is processed including all times and temperatures for treatment steps, flow charts (if appropriate), and any scientific evidence available supporting that the method of processing is sufficient to inactive the African swine fever (ASF) virus.
B. Does the facility store product imported from countries listed in Appendix 3 for a minimum of 20 days at 20°C or 100 days at 10°C?
b. If no, provide the actual number of days and temperature the product is stored at, if known.
C. Does the facility distribute finished (out-going) product to any facilities where swine are located or facilities that manufacture or handle swine feed?
c. If no, provide the species that will be exposed to the finished (out-going) product.
4. Does the facility receive bulk shipments of product imported from countries listed in Appendix 3 in either single use bulk containers (for example, totes) or containers lined with a single use, plastic liner?
5. Does the facility use unidirectional product flow to ensure that product imported from countries listed in Appendix 3 does not come into contact with finished (out-going) product?
5.1 If no, how does the facility ensure that products imported from countries listed in Appendix 3 do not come into contact with finished (out-going) product?
6. Does the facility add any untreated product (that is to say, product that has not undergone a heat treatment or storage) imported from countries listed in Appendix 3 to product that has been treated as described in question 3.0? For example screenings, hulls, etc.
7. Does the facility maintain appropriate documentation (that is: signs and labels) and employee training to ensure product imported from countries listed in Appendix 3 does not come in contact with finished (out-going) product?
Signature of facility official
Name of facility official
Title of facility official
Facilities acting as third parties
As described in the document Import Requirements for Plant-based Feed Ingredients Imported for Use In Livestock Feed, the permit application and questionnaire for plant-based meals of concern (without competent authority endorsement) must be completed by the facility that will be processing or holding the product once it arrives in Canada or that will be contracting with a third party to process or hold the product once it arrives in Canada. An import permit will not be issued to a broker in this case. Where a third party processor is engaged to process or hold the product, the importer remains responsible for ensuring that all applicable conditions are met, including those that are to be met by the third party processor.
By signing below, the applicant acknowledges that the facility identified in this questionnaire is acting as a third party and that the identified importer remains responsible for ensuring the conditions found in the Order Imposing Conditions in Relation to Secondary Control Zones In Respect of African swine fever are met.
Signature of applicant
Name of applicant
Title of applicant
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