Notice to Industry – Canadian wild rice exports to China

September 22, 2016, Ottawa, ON: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued plant health directive (D-15-04) that establishes a compliance and certification program to enable exports of Canadian wild rice to China.

In 2013-2014, Canadian wild rice exporters expressed interest in accessing the Chinese market and sought the CFIA's assistance. In September 2015, the CFIA and China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), officially signed the Protocol on the Inspection and Quarantine Requirements for Exporting Wild Rice from Canada to China.

In order to facilitate exports and comply with the requirements listed in the Protocol, the CFIA has developed an audit-based compliance program. To export Canadian wild rice to China, the processing, warehousing and exporting facilities must first be approved by the CFIA and recognition of this approval must be obtained from the AQSIQ.

To view the directive and the Guidance Document D-15-04: Audit-based Compliance Program for the Export of Canadian Wild Rice to China.

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