Statement on Imported Bush Meat from Africa

The Government of Canada is reminding Canadians that it is illegal to import any meat or meat products from Africa into Canada.

In Canada, we have strong food import rules in place that protect human health and food safety. Our requirements strictly prohibit the importation of any meat or meat products from Africa; this includes both commercial meat and wild bush meat.

Anyone entering the country must declare any meat or meat products. Attempting to smuggle these products into Canada is prohibited, and is punishable by fines and/or criminal charges. Canada Border Services Agency officials work with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Environment Canada to prevent the importation of illegal meat or meat products into Canada.

Canadians should also be aware that handling and/or consuming meat or meat products from Ebola-infected animals poses a health risk; therefore, Canadians are advised not to handle and/or consume any bush meat products from Africa.

The Government of Canada is strongly committed to safeguarding our food supply and the health of Canadians. For more information on importing foods into Canada, visit the online brochure What Can I Bring Into Canada?

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