Meat – Food Specific Export Requirements

Animal Health Requirements

Export of Meat Products to Muslim Countries

Meat Products Derived From Ruminants - Restrictions Related to BSE

Canadian Program for Certifying Freedom from Growth Enhancing Products (GEPs) for the Export of Beef to the European Union (EU)

Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program

Ractopamine-Free Poultry Certification Program

Restrictions Related to Avian Influenza

Boar, Stag and Ridgling Derived Meat - Export Market Restrictions

Animal Health Requirements

Canadian animal health status

Information on the Canadian animal health status can be found at the following addresses:

CFIA – Disease control

Information about the situation of OIE listed diseases in Canada is available on the World Animal Health Information Database (WAHID) Interface and in the OIE database.

Information on federally reportable diseases for terrestrial animals in Canada is available at the following website: Reportable Diseases.

The Animal Health District veterinarian or, as required when not available, the Export Specialist (Animal Health or FIED) of the Area Office, must be contacted for more information.

Export requirements for meat by-products not intended for human food and by products intended for the production of gelatin

This section includes: hides, by-products intended for pet food manufacturing, by-products intended for technical or pharmaceutical use and by-products intended for the production of gelatine.

The Terrestrial Animal Health Division must be contacted for obtaining the applicable requirements, including the certification required. Certification requirements applicable to the various products and the various export markets are available from the district veterinarian. When not available, the Export Specialist of the Area Office must be contacted for more information.

It should be noted that the export stamp and the export stickers must not be applied to the shipping containers and that the certificate CFIA/ACIA 1454 must not be issued for these types of products. Exceptions to that rule will be specified in the section specific to the export market, when applicable.

Animal health restrictions

USDA/APHIS and MHLW (Japan) regulations prohibit the importation, directly or indirectly through third countries, of raw meat products from regions not recognized as being free of diseases of concern to them.

Japan: Import of raw beef/lamb from Uruguay and beef, sheep and goat meat and meat products from Brazil. The operators of Canadian establishments are responsible to inform the CFIA inspector when they receive ineligible products from Uruguay and Brazil. Based on this information, the Area Export Specialist will advise National Export Specialist to add this establishment to Annex D. For more details, see section Japan.

United States: Import of raw poultry meat from Brazil or Hungary. The operators of Canadian establishments are responsible to inform the CFIA inspector when they receive ineligible poultry products from Brazil or Hungary. Based on this information, Area Export Specialist will advise National Export Specialist to add this establishment to Annex W-1. For more details, see section US.

Export of Meat Products to Muslim Countries

Some countries may have specific requirements for the slaughter of animals for their meat. Please verify under the importing country requirements. Further information on halal requirements is available through the Industry Labelling Tool.

Meat Products Derived From Ruminants - Restrictions Related to BSE

Several countries have imposed restrictions on the importation of Canadian meat products derived from ruminants following the report of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada.

Available information on restrictions imposed is summarized in Annex R of this section. It is important to note that this information relative to BSE is in addition to the information already available in the section specific to each country which continues to apply (e.g., the EU already has specific requirements relative to BSE).

The information provided in this section represents the best effort to inform interested parties on the current situation. In order to do so Annex R also includes foreign markets that have not imposed a ban on the import of Canadian products but that have either restrictions or certification requirements regarding BSE when available. Changes to the information provided could be made by importing countries without prior notice or restrictions unknown to the CFIA may apply. Under these circumstances, it is important to reiterate that exporters are responsible to ensure that the products destined for export meet the applicable requirements of the countries of destination.

Specific BSE Requirements

Available information on BSE related requirements established by authorities of importing countries is included in the section specific to the country or was distributed to Area Offices.

Beef tongues: When import requirements refer to removal of tonsils, without specifying palatine tonsils, the tongues must be harvested making a cut caudal to (just behind) the vallate papillae (request Annex R-1 for details).

Marking requirements: To facilitate the work of all parties involved, an identification mark has been agreed upon to identify products derived from animals aged 30 months or older. The identification mark (see Annex R-2), should appear on the products in the case of unpackaged products or on the main panel of the shipping container in the case of packaged products. The size of the mark should be of at least 5 cm (sides in the case of the triangle and height in the case of the numeral). The above marking does not apply to meat products which are labelled as "Only for Domestic Sale in Canada" provided that this statement is next to product description and letter size is same as product description (see Annex R-2) Operators of establishments where bovine meat products are manufactured are responsible for developing marking procedures, using one of the agreed upon identification marks, or the optional labelling statement, to the satisfaction of the CFIA to ensure that all products derived from animals aged 30 months and older are identified as required.

As a control measure at a receiving establishment, written confirmation from the operator of the supplying establishment endorsed by the CFIA inspector to the effect that the marking/labelling is conducted in a satisfactory manner should be retained on file and made available on request.

Meat products prepackaged for retail sale on the Canadian market and prepared meat products for sale in Canada do not need to bear the markings described above.

Canadian Program for Certifying Freedom from Growth Enhancing Products (GEPs) for the Export of Beef to the European Union (EU)

The CFIA is the competent authority responsible for certifying meat and meat products to the European Union (EU). In order for CFIA to provide export certification for beef produced without Growth Enhancing Products (GEPs) there must be assurances of effective controls in all applicable phases of cattle production. Annex R describes the general requirements for the production and certification of beef products free from GEPs for export to the EU.

Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program

The CFIA is responsible for certifying that pork products exported from Canada originate from pigs that have never been fed and/or exposed to ractopamine hydrochloride. Annex T describes the general requirements for the production and certification of ractopamine-free pork products for export.

Ractopamine-Free Poultry Certification Program

The CFIA is responsible for certifying that poultry products exported from Canada originate from birds that have never been fed and/or exposed to ractopamine hydrochloride. Annex U describes the general requirements for the production and certification of ractopamine-free poultry products for export.

Restrictions Related to Avian Influenza

The Canadian control procedures to implement in the event of an outbreak of Avian Influenza are indicated in the Generic Policy.

Several countries imposed restrictions on the importation of poultry meat products following the report of Avian Influenza by a country from which poultry meat is imported.

Available information on Avian Influenza related requirements established by authorities of importing countries is included in the section specific to the country or was distributed to Area Offices.

As always, but in disease outbreak situations in particular, modifications to the information on import requirements could be made by importing countries without prior notice or restrictions unknown to the CFIA may apply. Under the circumstances, it is important to reiterate that exporters are responsible to ensure that the products destined for export meet the applicable requirements of the countries of destination.

Boar, Stag and Ridgling Derived Meat - Export Market Restrictions

Available information indicates that the USA, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and Bermuda permit import of boar meat without restrictions. Identification of the product will need to be maintained as no official information on the acceptance of these products is on record for other countries and that same restrictions may apply.

Therefore, exporters may be authorized to export boar meat when no restrictions prohibiting such exports are indicated in the section specific to the country, at commercial risk, as long as the above-mentioned conditions are met and the exporter is not aware of any prohibitions. It is the responsibility of the operator to be informed of the importing country requirements if he/she wants to export this type of product if the importing country has not formally notified the CFIA if it is acceptable.

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