Sanitary Requirements for Export of Pet Food and Pet Treats Exported to South Africa
HA2788 (Amended 2016-04-25)

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  1. The exported products were manufactured in an approved export facility under the authority of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  2. The non-ruminant (poultry and/or porcine and/or fish) animal origin materials were obtained from (delete as appropriate):
    1. animals that were born and raised in Canada or legally imported into Canada from USA and/or the raw material used in the production of the pet food or pet treats derived from animals presented for examination at slaughter and evaluated favourably for inclusion in pet food or pet treats, and were slaughtered under standards existing in Canada.
    2. animals and carcasses not fit for human consumption but permitted in Canada to be used in the production of pet food or pet treats after having undergone an approved sterilization process.
  3. The only Ruminant origin materials were legally imported into Canada from Australia or New Zealand.
  4. No material of Canadian ruminant origin (except dairy, rawhide, and protein free tallow) has been included in the final product.
  5. Imported ruminant origin ingredients have been segregated to ensure the product has not been commingled with ruminant ingredients from other countries or regions.
  6. Canada is an OIE recognized FMD free country where vaccination is not practiced.
  7. The dry pet food and pet treats have been sufficiently processed to enssure the destruction of harmful pathogens as demonstrated by the fact that finished products are routinely tested and found to comply with the following standards:
    1. Salmonella; absence in 25g; n=5, c=0, m=0, M=0
    2. Enterobacteriaciae; absence in 1g; n=5, c=2, m=10, M=300


    • n = number of samples taken;
    • m = the threshold value for the number of bacteria; the results to be considered satisfactory if the number of bacteria in all samples does not exceed m;
    • M = maximum value for the number of bacteria; the result to be considered unsatisfactory if the number of bacteria in one or more samples taken is M or more;
    • c = number of samples the bacterial count which may be between m and M, the sample still be considered acceptable if the bacterial count of the other sample is m or less.
  8. The dry pet food or pet treat has been subjected to a heat treatment of at least 90°C throughout its substance.
  9. In case of canned pet food the product, which is packed in hermetically sealed containers has been heat treated to reach a F0 value equal or greater than 3.0
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