Pet chews made from animal products and by-products, new import requirements

Import requirements will change for pet chews made from animal products and by-products on May 2nd, 2022. The CFIA Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) will be updated accordingly.  The conditions will be modernized and more simplified to clearly categorize imported products. The categories will be defined by species (bovine, porcine, etc.), and then divided into chews made of bones and chews made of all tissues other than bone (including hooves with no bone remaining inside). Further details is found in the notice to industry.

One of the changes applying to all chews is a clarification regarding microbiological test results. These results will have to be clearly linked to the shipment by a lot number on the import documents. This will ensure a higher degree of safety for Canadian pets and owners. There will be a 12-month transition period during which products will be accepted for import under either the old or new conditions.

The CFIA is updating the list of countries from which pet chews will be accepted. Pet chews made of bone may only be imported from countries with a veterinary infrastructure and certification system recognized by Canada.

Contact the Animal Products and By-products division for any concerns: