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Importers: understanding feed controls to prevent Foot and Mouth Disease

Recent scientific researchFootnote 1 suggests that the Foot and Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) could be transmitted via feed ingredients imported from countries where this disease exists. Feed importers should only buy feed from trusted sources that have proper biosecurity controls.

Producers and feed manufacturers who purchase ingredients to produce feed should know the origin of the ingredients. Producers and feed importers should verify that feed ingredients were produced and handled using proper biosecurity measures. Feed importers should be able to provide feed purchasers with information on how the ingredients were produced and handled before entry into Canada.

Refer to our FMD fact sheet to inform yourself about this animal disease.

Note: the importation of livestock feeds may be subject to further import conditions administered and enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (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 the CFIA regulated commodities.

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