The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be implementing a new requirement for imports of leafy greens from Arizona, USA. The CFIA is currently working on the implementation of a requirement to limit the importation of leafy greens from Arizona to those handled by shippers that are certified members of the Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA).
Effective August 24, 2020, the CFIA will limit entry into Canada of leafy green products from Arizona to those handled by shippers that are certified members of the Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). Leafy green products or vegetables include:
- iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, baby leaf lettuce (for example, immature lettuce or leafy greens), escarole, endive, spinach, cabbage, kale, arugula, chard, and radicchio. Products not identified above are excluded from these new import requirements (for example, Bok Choy and other Asian greens).
The requirements apply to all US shipments of leafy green vegetables either sold in bags, in bulk, or combined with other food items, in a fresh state.
For more information, please visit CFIA’s web page Import requirements for leafy green vegetables from the United States’ California and Arizona.
If you have any questions, please use the established communication pathways.