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United States of America – Export requirements for nutritional supplements

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  1. Eligible/ineligible product
  2. Pre-export approvals by the competent authority of the importing country
  3. Production controls and inspection requirements
  4. Labelling, packaging and marking requirements
  5. Required documents
  6. Additional information

1. Eligible/ineligible product


Below the products that may contain the following ingredients of animal origin.

Not eligible

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


The exporter of gelatin and collagen products must be licensed under the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR). As per the SFCR, the manufacturer of the food commodity is to be compliant with the SFCR Part 4 – Preventive Controls.

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 importing country and has a specific export procedure in place.

The processing method must be documented and monitored. A production diagram must be provided, including Critical Control Points (CCPs). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspector must ensure that what occurs on location corresponds to the production diagram.

Animal products for human consumption must come from animals that have passed an ante and post-mortem examinations by a veterinarian in slaughterhouses which are under full-time inspection.

4. Labelling, packing and marking requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to meet all the requirements for labelling, packaging and marking requirements as per the importing country.

5. Documentation requirements

Please note that the applicant is responsible for the details of dispatched consignment (page 1 of the certificate). The certification part (page 2 du certificate) must be completed by an official veterinarian, however, some information will have to be provided by the applicant in the form of a manufacturer's declaration or through official documents (for example, in the case of the use of imported products of animal origin) issued by the foreign competent authority in order to support the final certification.

The shipping date must always be on or after the date of issuance of the certificate. The seal/containers numbers should always be indicated.


6. Other information

Samples (personal or commercial) may be subject to the same requirements as a regular shipment. It is strongly recommended that the exporter verify these requirements with their importer.

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