The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulates the importation of pet food and related products in order to prevent the introduction of foreign animal disease which could pose a risk to the health of Canadian livestock. Some animal diseases can also pose a risk to the safety of the food supply and public health.
The CFIA also provides verification and certification services for pet foods that are made in Canada and intended for export.
The CFIA does not regulate pet food that is manufactured in Canada, and sold domestically. Individual Canadian pet food manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of their products.
Information for the public
If you suspect that a pet food is making your pet sick, please contact your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment advice. You should also immediately inform the manufacturer and retailer of the pet food to let them know that you have concerns about the product.
Canadian pet food manufacturers and importers may initiate a recall or take other corrective actions if they become aware that their product could be harmful to pets.
In the case of a suspected human illness that may have resulted from contact with pet food, contact your doctor. If there is a confirmed link between human illness and a pet food product, the provincial or territorial health authority or the Public Health Agency of Canada may issue a health alert.
For additional information about pet food in Canada:
- Guide for the Labelling and Advertising of Pet Foods
- Pet Food Association of Canada
- Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
For more information, please contact the CFIA's Pet Food Program.
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