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European Union (EU) - Export requirements for milk and dairy products

1. Eligible/ineligible product

EU export certificates for milk and dairy products refer to a list of Harmonized System (HS) code(s). This list is non exhaustive. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the product being exported will be covered by the certificates issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).



2. Pre-export approvals by the competent authority of the importing country


Milk, colostrum, dairy products and colostrum based-products must come from an establishment licensed under the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR). Under Section 5 of the Regulation (EU) No 852/2004, EU legislation requires that processing facilities apply a self-regulated program for the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.

The establishments must appear on the appropriate establishment list administered by the Directorate-General of Health and Food Safety (DG-SANTE). The third countries lists are available on the EU website for Third Country Establishments - List per Country. Please click on "Canada" to see the following associated documents under "Food":

Section IX: raw milk, dairy products, colostrum and colostrum-based products

If products requiring temperature control are being exported from a storage warehouse outside the registered facility, the storage warehouse must be registered by the (CFIA) and must also be on the list of establishments approved to export dairy products to the EU.

To request inclusion on any of the EU approval lists, please contact your to your local CFIA office to complete the Request for Addition to the list of Canadian Dairy Establishment Approved for Export to the European Union. Also, please ensure that you have a unique identifier for your establishment before you submit your request.

All additions, amendments and deletions will be forwarded to the EU for approval. The approval process takes approximately 40 days, but time frames may vary depending upon circumstances beyond the control of the CFIA. The inspector will submit the request following the Operational procedure: Procedure for maintaining food export eligibility lists.

The manufacturing and export of the dairy products can start once the establishment in on the EU list.

3. Production controls and inspection requirements

The inspector must verify during a preventive control inspection that the establishment is aware of the standards and requirements of the EU and has a specific export procedure in place.

Manufacturer's certificate

Microbiological requirements

Maximum levels for therapeutants and antibiotics

Imported dairy ingredients

4. Labelling, packaging and marking requirements

Exported products depending on their final destination must meet certain packaging and labelling requirements. The exporter must work closely with the importer to ensure the compliance of their products. Please refer also to regulation (EC) 853/2004. The labelling activity must be conducted in the EU approved establishment.

5. Export documents available upon request


The certificate models are not available in all the languages of the member states of the Union. The CFIA may add other certificate models in additional languages of the Union as required. A reasonable delay is to be expected. However, a member state could accept a certificate which is not issued in its official language. It is the responsibility of the exporter to ensure that the certificate issued meets the requirements of the border control post (BCP)/member state of destination in terms of official language.

6. Additional information

Samples (personal or commercial) of dairy products may be subject to the same requirements as a regular shipment. It is strongly recommended that the exporter verify these requirements with his importer and / or at the EU border inspection post where the products will be shipped.

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