May 20, 2020 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published guidance for imports of broth, flavour and extract of meat origin into Canada on the Food-specific import requirements web page.
These products must be imported using:
- a Foreign Competent Authority issued Official Meat Inspection Certificate (OMIC) or
- an export certificate issued by Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) or
- a food certificate negotiated and approved by the CFIA for countries other than the USA.
The USDA-FSIS or FDA-CFSAN export certificates replaces the CFIA model “importer’s attestation” and all CFIA issued “Letters of Exemption”. These CFIA documents are accepted until October 31, 2020.
For imports from the United States, the CFIA accepts as the official document either an Official Meat Inspection Certificate (OMIC) issued by the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) or a certificate of export issued by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).
For imports from all other countries (other than the United States) the CFIA accepts an Official Meat Inspection Certificate (OMIC) or a negotiated food certificate approved by the CFIA.
The FDA-CFSAN export certificate is to import these products from the United States into Canada:
- Bulk broth, flavour or extract (of beef, pork or poultry origin) manufactured in an FDA establishment
- Consumer prepackaged broth, flavour or extract (of beef, pork or poultry origin) manufactured in an FDA establishment
The FDA-CFSAN export certificate is valid for a maximum period of one year and can be used repetitively to import the same products shipped together. Obtain a new FDA-CFSAN export certificate when changing the description of the products covered by the document (for example: the quantity and the number of products, shipping a new product, change if the exporter, the importer or any other changes).
For food containing meat ingredients of poultry origin, the export certificate must state that the product has been heat-treated.
View the guide for detailed information on document requirements, labelling and import process.
If you have any questions, please contact the local CFIA area office or contact the CFIA National Import Service Centre at 1-800-835-4486 or 1-289-247-4099.