Export policies: pet food, treats and chews containing animal products and by-products
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) provides verification and certification services for pet foods that are made in Canada and intended for export.
The oversight of pet food by the CFIA is limited to compliance with regulatory requirements for import and export of animal products and by-products.
Pet foods exported from Canada may need to have an official zoosanitary health certificate, which is issued by the CFIA. The completed certificate confirms that the sanitary requirements of the importing country have been met.
The CFIA negotiates import conditions with the importing country's veterinary officials. It also does inspections of Canadian export manufacturing establishments. It does this to verify that the products, manufacturing facilities, and practices meet the importing country's market access requirements.
Find out who else is involved with the regulation of pet food in Canada.
- Approval of Facilities to Export to the European Union Canned Pet Food, Processed Pet Food Other Than Canned Pet Food, Chewing Articles, Raw Pet Food for Direct Sale or Animal By-Products to be Fed to Fur Animals, Flavouring Innards for Use in the Manufacture of Pet Food, and Animal By-Products for the Manufacture of Pet Food
- Guideline for preparing export certificates for the Canadian pet food industry
- Regulatory oversight of pet food, treats and chews in Canada
- Notice to the industry: New ABP approval number
- Changes to requirements for export to the USA of animal consumption material other than shelf-stable thermally processed pet food, treats and chews
- Changes to import and export certification requirements for shelf-stable thermally processed pet food, treats and chews for Canada and the United States
Additional government and industry information
For further information, please contact your local CFIA office.
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