Notice to industry: Import restrictions for live Litopenaeus vannamei (whiteleg shrimp) from California are now in place

CFIA has been notified of the detection of infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus in Litopenaeus vannamei (whiteleg shrimp) in California. The virus was also previously detected in Florida and Texas.

This viral disease is immediately notifiable. In order to protect Canada's crustacean populations, imports of live Litopenaeus vannamei from California, as well as from Florida and Texas, are prohibited for the following end uses:

  • culture
  • research and education
  • diagnostic testing
  • aquarium – commercial or private
  • outdoor holding unit – commercial or private

Import permits for live L. vannamei originating from California, Florida and Texas, have been cancelled for the end uses listed above.  CFIA is committed to working with the United States aquatic animal health authorities to ensure that Canada's aquatic animal resources are protected and that impacts on trade are minimized.

Find more information on infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus.

Importers with questions may consult their local CFIA office for more information.