Guidelines for the Preparation of Export Certificates for the Canadian pet food industry

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June 17, 2016

This document contains CFIA guidelines for the preparation by the Canadian pet food industry and the documentation requested for certification of pet food prior to export. The exporters must ensure that they have the required certificate endorsed, and have their importer confirm with the specific importing country that the certificate is completed in an acceptable fashion for the specific consignment.

Roles and Responsibilities of Exporters

Exporters have full responsibility for ensuring that all applicable requirements of the importing country are met and for providing satisfactory evidence to that effect to the CFIA veterinarian before export is authorized and appropriate certificate issued.

They must also have qualified and legally responsible personnel to prepare, sign and provide the exporter's declaration as well as to provide any supporting documents as necessary in order to get an export certificate issued.

For advice and guidance on Export Health Certificates, exporters should contact the local CFIA Animal Health district office. They will confirm whether a certificate is available and will be able to provide them with an electronic version of the certificate.

Each shipment must be accompanied by an export certificate signed by a CFIA Veterinarian. The health export certificate must be signed before the shipment leaves Canada. The CFIA will not issue an export certificate after the shipment has left Canada.

Request for Certification

These requests vary depending on whether or not there is an existing process for the export of pet food, and if a negotiated certificate is readily available.

In circumstances where there is an official negotiated certificate, the exporter's declaration must include the specific reference number issued by the exporter on the first page of the health export certificate submitted for signature and specific attestations as mentioned below for each country (see Section Listing of requirements from importing countries). In some cases, additional documentation is also required such as laboratory testing results issued by accredited laboratories and/or copy of sanitary certificates issued by third countries in case of finished pet food containing imported ingredients.

In some circumstances where there is not an existing certificate negotiated by the CFIA and the country to which the pet food is destined, it is the exporter's responsibility to get the importing country requirements for his/her commodity prior to making an application to the CFIA. Once the conditions have been obtained, the CFIA must ensure that the exported product meets the importing country's zoosanitary requirements and issue an in house certificate HA2341. The exporter must then assume all commercial risk related to that export.

When exports are covered by an in house certificate HA2341, the exporter should submit a declaration to describe the product and add a statement on that declaration to discharge the CFIA from any commercial risk related to that export. The information contained in the declaration should reflect the import conditions provided by the exporter.

Even when a country does not require an export certificate (e.g. Japan, Hong Kong), export of pet food containing rendered material such as animal meal or animal fats requires an in house certificate HA2341 to be issued. In this case, the exporter should only provide a copy of the packing slip as supporting documentation.

Examples of when an in house certificate (HA2341) can be used:

  1. USA and Australia: HA2341 must include conditions written on the import permit.
  2. Others Countries where:
    1. No Negotiated Export Certificate exists but import conditions exist: A HA2341 can be issued and will include import conditions provided by the exporter. The exporter must then assume all commercial risk related to that export.
    2. No Certification is required but Pet food contains rendered material: A HA2341 must be issued and should mention that the product was manufactured in Canada.
    3. No Certification is required (no conditions have to be met) and Pet food does not contain rendered material: A HA2341 can be issued to mention that the product was manufactured in Canada.

When endorsing an export certificate, the certifying veterinarian must make sure that the exporter has provided:

  • The appropriate export certificate (most recent version)Footnote 1
  • The exporter's declaration
  • The microbiological testing laboratory report(s)

In the case where a shipment is transiting through a third country, please contact your local district office for further information.

Labelling requirements

CFIA does not regulate the labelling requirements for the Canadian Pet food. However the Competition Bureau of Canada has guidelines regarding pet food labelling.

Role and Responsibilities of CFIA

Certification requirements and conditions are established through bilateral negotiations with the competent authority of an importing country. CFIA staff is responsible for negotiating sanitary and phytosanitary conditions and other technical requirements, as well as to resolve bilateral technical market access issues.

To support Canadian pet food exports, the CFIA has produced guidelines that summarize the import requirements of foreign countries. Importing conditions are subject to change at any time and the CFIA is constantly updating this information. Consult with your local district office to confirm that the conditions within this document are current for a particular country.

The CFIA helps and facilitates exports of pet food products by:

  • maintaining a strong and credible system for inspection of animal products and by-products including pet food to verify compliance with importing country requirements;
  • helping exporters to understand and meet the requirements of foreign countries;
  • negotiating with foreign countries to eliminate differences in interpretation of inspection requirements to reach agreement on market access conditions acceptable to all concerned;
  • certifying exports as meeting requirements agreed upon with the importing country.

Obligations of Certifying Veterinarians

Certifying veterinarians should:

  1. Be authorized by the competent authority of the exporting country to sign international veterinary certificates;
  2. Only certify matters that are within their own knowledge at the time of signing the certificate such as animal health statements or based on supporting documentations and matters that have been separately attested by another competent party (e.g. slaughterhouse veterinarians, inspectors from other CFIA programs or the provincial government, officials from foreign countries etc.);
  3. Sign only at the appropriate time certificates that have been completed fully and correctly. Where a certificate is signed on the basis of supporting documentation, the certifying veterinarian should possess that documentation before signing; and
  4. Have no conflict of interest with respect to the commercial aspects of the animal products being certified and be independent from the commercial parties.

Free sale declaration

The production and the sale of pet food in Canada are currently not regulated by the Government of Canada. Therefore, the CFIA does not control the sale of pet food in Canada, unless it is notified that a pet food poses an animal health risk. However, a free sale declaration may be issued by the CFIA if it has been officially requested by the competent authority of the importing country.

Supporting Documents and Safekeeping

Exporter's declaration

An exporter's declaration must be provided for each export certificate for each shipment. It must include all the requirements listed in Section Listing of requirements from importing countries for the country in question applicable to the exported product with the exception of the animal health statements that will be certified by the official veterinarian. It must also refer to an exporter's reference number, to a batch number or a unique identifier for the shipment.

In some circumstances and in order to avoid duplication of documentation submitted to the CFIA district office, one declaration could cover several export certificates requested for different shipments on the same day and for the same destination (or with the same import requirements). The declaration must refer to a product that has been already manufactured and not to a product that will be manufactured. Therefore, a declaration done on an annual basis is not acceptable. The declaration must be dated.

The original exporter's declaration (in paper) is required.

Traceability Certificate

To meet the European Union (EU) requirements, pet food companies and intermediates facilities that supply pet food companies with raw material must request a Traceability Certificate (TC) that will have to accompany the raw materials from a federally registered slaughterhouse or animal by-products coming from live animals.

Every shipment (load) of raw material must be accompanied by a TC. The TC must be signed by the CFIA veterinarian in charge of the slaughterhouse or in the case of animal by-products coming from live animals, the TC must be signed by a veterinary practitioner.

The veterinarian must fill out the following boxes: the reference number and the animal health attestations. The others boxes can be filled out by the company.

A pet food company that obtains raw material directly from slaughterhouses must keep on file the TC for 2 years. Although the TC does not need to be presented at the time of veterinary signature for export certification, the TC must be available at any time for CFIA verification.

If a pet food company obtains their raw material from an intermediate facility, they must request a commercial document for each load and keep it on file for 2 years. In the latter case, it is the company (intermediate facility) that manufactures the raw material that will request a TC and keep it on file for 2 years.

For raw material coming from federally registered establishments for human consumption (fish establishments, meat processing establishments, etc.), a TC is not required because the raw material meets higher standards than those of category 3. However, a commercial document (such as an invoice) must accompany every load and must be kept for 2 years by the company that manufactures the pet food.

Other supporting documents

The supporting documents include but are not limited to the microbiological test laboratory reports and the sanitary certificates for imported ingredients.

Microbiological test laboratory reports (except for routine testing) must be provided when a certificate is presented for endorsement. Sampling must not consist of a composite of samples. Traceability certificates, microbiological test laboratory reports for routine testing and sanitary certificates will be verified during the annual inspection. However, the certifying veterinarian can ask for such documentation for a specific shipment at any time if needed. The processing facility must keep all export documents for a period of two years.

For Canadian rendered products, under the Health of Animals Regulations, the rendering plants must keep the documentation for a period of 10 years. Those documents must be provided to the CFIA at any moment for official verification.

A hard copy of other supporting documents is acceptable.

Audits and Inspection

Audit:
China and Taiwan require an audit of the facility looking to export to those countries. However, any competent authority of a country can at any time require an audit of a facility that is exporting to that country.
Facility approval:
The European Union and Brazil require that a facility be approved for export and they ask the CFIA to provide that approval.
Inspection:

Given that the pet food industry is not regulated, CFIA inspects the facilities on an annual basis to make sure that the facility satisfies the requirements of the importing country. An inspection must be conducted for each new destination with different import requirements.

Depending on the import conditions of the country, an inspection is required for each establishment involved in each steps of the process from the production facility to the shipping facility. For example, if a company subcontracts another company to do any of the steps of the process (processing, packaging, storage, etc.), these establishments also need to be inspected.

Glossary of terms

Accredited Laboratories:
means laboratories accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) or any laboratory accredited by The Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc. (CALA)
Additional certification:
in the case of imported animal origin ingredients, it means a attestation (other than the export certificate issued by the competent authority of the exporting country to Canada) that attests to the Third country's import requirements. It's a supporting document for the certifying veterinarian.
Animal by-products:
means entire bodies or parts of animals, products of animal origin or other products obtained from animals, which are not intended for human consumption.
Animal Digest:
material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and un-decomposed animal tissue that includes poultry digest. The animal tissues used may be hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers.
Canned pet food:
means heat-processed pet food contained within a hermetically sealed container.
Edible:
means fit for use as human food.
Exporting country:
means a country from which commodities are sent to another country called Importing country.
Flavouring innards:
means a liquid or dehydrated derived product of animal origin used to enhance the palatability values of pet food. Also called a digest which refers to animal protein such as muscle and soft tissue that undergo a digestive process. These ingredients are hydrolyzed or "digested" to break down the animal protein into peptides in a manner similar to digestion in the body. The resulting digest is in a liquid, a paste or powder.
Hermetically sealed container:
means a container that is designed and intended to be secure against the entry of microorganisms (mostly clostridium botulinum).
Inedible Products:
condemned products that are not fit for human consumption; or non-condemned products treated by the operator as condemned meat products; and products which are by their nature not edible (feathers, hides, hair, manure, intestinal contents, etc.).
Ingredients:
mean all constituents that enter into pet food composition. It includes but not only, raw material, meat and bone meal, fats, vegetables, seeds, vitamins, etc.
Meat:
means the edible part of a carcass that is the muscle associated with the skeleton, tongue, diaphragm, heart, gizzard or mammalian oesophagus, with or without accompanying and overlying fat, together with those parts of the bones, skin, sinews, nerves, blood vessels and other tissues that normally accompany the muscle and are not ordinarily removed in dressing a carcass.
Meat and bone meal:
is defined as processed animal (ruminant, porcine or avian species) protein intended for animal consumption, obtained through thermal processing (rendering).
Meat by-product:
means parts of carcasses of ruminant, porcine and avian species, other than meat, derived from slaughtered animals. It includes lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hooves.
Microbiological testing:

n = number of samples taken;
m = the threshold value for the number of bacteria; the results to be considered satisfactory if the number of bacteria in all samples does not exceed m;
M = maximum value for the number of bacteria; the result to be considered unsatisfactory if the number of bacteria in one or more samples taken is M or more;
c = number of samples the bacterial count which may be between m and M, the sample still be considered acceptable if the bacterial count of the other sample is m or less

Example: Salmonella n=5, m=0, M=0, c=0
Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, m=10, M=300, c=2

For Salmonella: On each of the 5 samples, the result must be negative (absence of salmonella).
For Enterobactericeae: On 2 of the 5 samples, the result can be between 10 and 300; on the other 3 samples, the result must be 10 or less.

Poultry:
means all domesticated birds used for production of meat.
Processed animal proteins:
  1. According to EU definition: means animal protein derived entirely from Category 3 raw material (ovine meal, bovine meal, poultry, fish meal etc.)
  2. For other countries: Meat and bone meal from animal origin means the solid protein products obtained when animal tissues are rendered.
Lot:
Unless it is specified differently in the certificate, a lot can be considered as the entire shipment of finished products of the same processing method that will be exported even if the entire shipment is composed of different processing lots.
Random Sampling:
If a shipment consists of 10 processing lots, the company is required to take 5 random samples from that whole shipment instead of 5 random samples from each processing lot. If the 5 samples are taken from one of the 10 lots in that shipment, that would not meet the definition of randomness. Moreover, if a shipment is composed of different products from different pet food companies, five random samples must be taken per company.
Raw material:
means unprocessed animal by-product, may also refer to fresh meat that has not been subjected to any treatment irreversibly modifying its organoleptic and physicochemical characteristics. This includes frozen meat, chilled meat, minced meat and mechanically recovered meat.
Ruminant:
means bisons, bovines, camels, caprines, cervids and ovines
Official authorities or Competent Authority:
means the Veterinary Authority or other Governmental Authority of a Member Country having the responsibility and competence for ensuring or supervising the implementation of animal health and welfare measures, international veterinary certification.
OIE:
World Organization for Animal Health

Listing of requirements from importing countries

The requirements listed below, by country, that are applicable to the exported pet food, could be copied and pasted on the exporter's declaration.

Should there be any discrepancies between the requirements listed below and the export certificate, the ones on the export certificate prevail.

Africa

Algeria (certificate HA2719)

The products:

  1. Were prepared and stored at a facility certified and controlled by the competent authority.
  2. Contain no ingredients from bovine, ovine, caprine or any other animal species susceptible to bovine spongiform encephalopathy from Canada or any other BSE-infested region or country. Products from ovine origin come from Australia and/or New Zealand.
  3. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the products were prepared exclusively using the following animal by products:
    • parts of slaughtered animals that are fit for human consumption under current Canadian law (Meat Inspection Act 1990), but are not intended for human consumption for commercial reasons;
    • parts of slaughtered animals that have been declared unfit for human consumption, but are free of any sign of disease that may be transmitted to humans or animals, and are derived from carcasses that were fit for human consumption under current Canadian law.
  4. Have been subject to heat treatment of at least 90°C throughout their substance.
  5. Have been analyzed by random sampling of at least five samples taken during or after storage at the processing plant and complied with the following standards: on a basis of at least five (5) samples for each lot processed, selected at random during or after storage at the processing plant, and meeting the following standards:

    Salmonella: Absence in 25g: n= 5, c=0, m=0, M=0
    Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, c=2, m= 10, M = 300 in 1g

  6. Have undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  7. Have been packed in new packaging labelled "Not for human consumption".

South Africa
Pet chews (certificate HA2787)

An import permit is required: Application to import finished Animal Feed and Petfood

  1. The exported products were manufactured in an approved export facility under the authority of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  2. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the exported products are derived from animals which have been subjected to ante- and post-mortem examination and did not show any sign of infectious or contagious diseases and which were not slaughtered in any disease eradication campaign.
  3. The exported products do not contain any bovine material other than skin or hides.
  4. The exported products do not contain any ovine or caprine material.
  5. The exported products were manufactured using procedures approved by the veterinary authorities and were properly applied to ensure efficacy of treatment.
  6. The exported products have been subjected to a heat treatment of at least 70°C for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  7. The dried pig ears have been sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens as demonstrated by the fact that finished products are routinely tested and found to comply with the following standards:
    1. Salmonella; absence in 25g; n=5, c=0, m=0, M=0
    2. Enterobacteriaciae; absence in 1g; n=5, c=2, m=10, M=300

South Africa
Dry pet food and pet treats, including canned Pet Food (certificate HA2788)

An import permit is required: Application to import finished Animal Feed and Petfood

  1. The exported products were manufactured in an approved export facility under the authority of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  2. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the non-ruminant (poultry and/or porcine and/or fish) animal origin materials were obtained from (delete as appropriate):
    1. animals that were born and raised in Canada or legally imported into Canada from USA and/or the raw material used in the production of the pet food or pet treats derived from animals presented for examination at slaughter and evaluated favourably for inclusion in pet food or pet treats, and were slaughtered under standards existing in Canada.
    2. animals and carcasses not fit for human consumption but permitted in Canada to be used in the production of pet food or pet treats after having undergone an approved sterilization process.
  3. The only Ruminant origin materials were legally imported into Canada from Australia or New Zealand.
  4. No Material of Canadian bovine origin (except dairy, rawhide, and protein free tallow) has been included in the final product.
  5. Imported ruminant origin ingredients have been segregated to ensure the product has not been commingled with ruminant ingredients from other countries or regions.
  6. The dry Pet Food ot Pet Treats have been sufficiently processed to ensure the destruction of harmful pathogens as demonstrated by the fact that finished products are routinely tested and found to comply with the following standards:

    Salmonella; absence in 25g; n=5, c=0, m=0, M=0
    Enterobacteriaciae; absence in 1g; n=5, c=2, m=10, M=300

  7. The dry pet food or pet treat has been subjected to a heat treatment of at least 90°C throughout its substance.
  8. In case of canned pet food product, which is packed in hermetically sealed containers has been heat treated to reach a F0 value equal or greater than 3.0

Egypt (certificate HA2884)
(non-ruminant)

  1. The product has been manufactured and stored in approved pet food plant, which are under the supervision of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  2. The above mentioned product does not contain ruminant material, with the exception of milk and milk derivatives, gelatine and collagen (prepared from skins and hides), tallow containing less than 0.15% in weight of insoluble impurities.
  3. Poultry or fish are the only raw material of animal origin used in the manufacture of the pet food.
  4. Dry, semi-moist and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens.
  5. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  6. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  7. Appropriate controls are in place at the manufacturing and storage facilities to prevent contamination of eligible products with Specified Risk Material (SRM) and susceptible ruminant materials from a Non-BSE free country origin.
  8. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid contamination with pathogenic agents after heat treatment.
  9. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material.

Nigeria

You can find the import requirements at the following link: NAFDAC guidelines for the importation of animal feed and pet food

Read section "Request for certification" for the appropriate use of the in-house certificate HA2341.

A Free sale certificate is required and must be issued by CFIA.

North America

USA

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) regulates the importation of animals and animal-derived materials to ensure that exotic animal and poultry diseases are not introduced into the United States.

Thermally processed pet food/chews/treats (certificate HA2828)

As of February 1st, 2018:

  1. No USDA import permits for Canadian thermally processed pet food/treats/chews will be required.
  2. The certificate HA2828 can be used for single or multiple shipments and is valid for a period of 30 days. There will be a 365 days transition period during which an in-house certificate will be issued for companies that have a valid USDA import permit.
  3. CFIA will approve facilities exporting pet food to USA every 2 years.

When the certificate HA2828 is being used, the exporter's declaration should contain:

  1. The thermally processed pet food/chews/treats containing animal products and by-products were produced in a facility or facilities located in Canada under official supervision and authorized by the official competent veterinary authority in Canada to export to the USA.
  2. The certified pet food/chews/treats in the shipment meet the following requirements [check all that apply]:
    1. Box they contain no bovine-origin raw material or ingredients
    2. Box In case of bovine origin raw material or ingredients, they include:
      • Box bovine hides-skins, bovine hide-derived gelatin or collagen, milk/milk products, and/or tallow composed of a maximum level of insoluble impurities of 0.15 percent by weight
      • Box In case of bovine blood/blood products produced in Canada, the facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that they:
        1. were obtained from slaughtered bovines that were not subject to a pithing process or a stunning process using a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity, and which passed ante-mortem inspection,
        2. were produced by utilizing a blood collection method that prevents contamination of the blood with APHIS-defined SRMs
      • Box In case of other bovine raw material (meat/offals), the facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that they:
        1. were harvested in a country recognized by APHIS as controlled BSE risk country,
          1. were derived only from bovines that were not subject to a pithing process or a stunning process using a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity,
          2. do not contain and are not contaminated with APHIS-defined SRMs and mechanically separated meat derived from skull and vertebral column of bovines 30 months of age or older from controlled risk countries, and over 12 months of age from an undetermined risk countries.
            And/Or
        2. were legally imported from a country recognized by APHIS as negligible risk for BSE
      • Box In case of ruminant processed animal proteins, the facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that they are originating only from a country recognized by APHIS as negligible risk for BSE
    3. Box In case of ovine/caprine material, the facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that they are:
      • originating only from Australia and/or New Zealand
        and/or
      • originating only from Canada and were derived only from animals which meet the requirements of 9 CFR 95.4(g)
  3. The certified pet food/chews/treats were heat treated,
    • Box to a minimum of at least 74°C for at least 30 minutes, or
    • Box a minimum internal temperature of at least 74°C, or
    • Box 90°C throughout the substance
  4. In case of canned pet food, the certified pet food/chews/treats were sufficiently heat treated to reach commercial sterility.
  5. The certified pet food/chews/treats were produced and handled in a manner to ensure that such commodities do not contain and are not contaminated with material ineligible for export to the United States including ruminant meat and bone meal and greaves from APHIS-defined controlled or undetermined BSE risk countries, APHIS-defined SRMs and mechanically separated meat derived from skull and vertebral column of bovines 30 months of age or older from controlled risk countries and over 12 months of age from an undetermined risk countries.

Others (Use in-house certificate HA2341)

  • A USDA import permit is still required when:
    • A Company that has imported heat-treated, shelf-stable dried and canned finished products from the USA or any other country and wants to re-export them to the USA.
    • The pet food has not been heat treated.
    • During the transition period during which the companies have not been approved under the new procedure.
    • Research samples are shipped from Canada to the USA unless they are compliant with all import conditions of the HA2828.

When an import permit is required, the in-house certificate (HA2341) must be used. It must list the import requirements as mentioned on the import permit. It must refer to the import permit. Read section "Request for Certification".

When using in-house certificate HA2341, the exporter's declaration must include the following information:

  • USDA import permit number.
  • A copy of valid import permit attached to the declaration.
  • The exporter's reference number and/or batch number.
  • A description of the product based on the description listed on the USDA import permit (e.g. "pet food" or "pet treats").
  • The animal-based ingredients (based on the description listed on the import permit, e.g. "pork", "poultry" or "fish").
  • That the product meets the specific conditions as mentioned on the USDA import.

Agreement of CFIA with third countries for Additional certification

NB: The CFIA has reached an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture USDA (USA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA (USA) and the SAGARPA (Mexico) to issue additional certification to Canadian import requirements for export of animal origin materials (by-products, meals, fish meal and fish oil) from those countries to Canada for the manufacture of pet food (in Canada) which will be exported to third countries (EU, Russia and Ukraine).

USA

Current Agreements for imported ingredients:

For any other imported ingredient not covered by these agreements, please contact the CFIA district veterinarian to find out how to proceed.

Mexico
Pet food containing no ingredients of animal origin (certificate HA2554)

  1. The pet food does not contain ingredients of animal origin.

Mexico
Pet food (certificate HA2730)

  1. The product originates from the country indicated in this certificate.
  2. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the raw material of animal origin was derived from healthy animals which received ante- and post-mortem inspection in slaughterhouses under official sanitary control.
  3. The product has been prepared and stored in a plant approved and supervised by the competent authority.
  4. The product is deemed fit for dogs and cats consumption.
  5. In the case of product containing avian origin material, the facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that:
    • The country of origin is free of Newcastle Velogenic, highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
      Or
    • The raw material has been heat treated at a temperature of 60°C for a minimum of 10 minutes
      Or
    • The raw material and/or the product were heat treated in hermetically-sealed containers, to a minimum F0 value of 3.0
      Or
    • The raw material and/or the product has been heat treated to reach internal temperature of at least 70°C.
  6. In the case of product containing porcine origin material, the facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that:
    • The country of origin is free of foot and mouth disease, African swine fever and hog cholera (classical swine fever)
      Or
    • The raw material has been heat treated at a temperature of at least(3) 69°C for a minimum of 30 minutes
      Or
    • 80.5°C for a minimum of 3 minutes
      Or
    • The raw material and/or the product were heat treated in hermetically-sealed containers, to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
      Or
    • The raw material and/or the product has been heat treated to reach internal temperature of at least 70°C.
  7. In the case of product containing ruminant origin material, the facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that:
    1. The country of origin is free of foot-and-mouth disease.
    2. The product contains milk, milk proteins, gelatin and collagen (exclusively prepared from hides and skins), and protein free tallow (with less than 0.15% of insoluble impurities).
    3. The product contains ovine or caprine ingredients derived from Canadian animals or from materials or animals legally imported from Australia or New Zealand.
    4. The product contains bovine meat which originates from countries classified by the World, Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as negligible or controlled risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and does not contain any of the following materials of bovine origin: brain, eyes, spinal cord, skull and small intestine (distal ileum). Controls are in place to prevent cross contamination with these materials.
  8. In the case of product containing animal product meals, the facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the meals meet the following conditions (Certify the correct option):
    1. The porcine or poultry meals originate from the country indicated in this document as the country of origin of the product or have been legally imported, and in both cases, originate from rendering plants approved by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food.
    2. The caprine and/or ovine meals were legally imported from Australia and/or New Zealand, countries considered free of scrapie and negligible risk for BSE.
    3. Tissues were processed to a minimum temperature of 80°C. Maximum moisture in the meal does not exceed 10%.
  9. In the case of product containing aquatic origin material, the product has been subjected to a heat treatment of at least 70°C for 5 minutes.

List of SAGARPA (Spanish only) approved facilities: For the complete list, click on "Consulta general".

Agreement of CFIA with third countries for Additional certification

NB: The CFIA has reached an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture USDA (USA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA (USA) and the SAGARPA (Mexico) to issue additional certification to Canadian import requirements for export of animal origin materials (by-products, meals, fish meal and fish oil) from those countries to Canada for the manufacture of pet food (in Canada) which will be exported to third countries (EU, Russia and Ukraine).

Mexico

Current Agreement for imported ingredients:

For any other imported ingredient not covered by these agreements, please contact the CFIA district veterinarian to find out how to proceed.

Central and South America

Barbados (certificate HA2721)

  1. The pet food has been entirely manufactured in the exporting country in a facility approved and monitored by the competent veterinary authority of the exporting country.
  2. The above mentioned product does not contain proteins derived from bovine animals, with the exception of milk and milk by-products; nor have any constituents been in contact with any bovine protein, except milk.
  3. In the case of dried or semi-moist products, the above mentioned product was produced in such a way that the ingredients of animal origin have been subject to a heat treatment of at least 90 degrees Celsius throughout their substance.
  4. In the case of sterilized canned products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  5. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  6. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  7. The above mentioned product was packed and sealed in a new packaging/bags at the manufacturing plant labelled as pet food and shows a list of raw materials or ingredients and the nutritional data for the product.

Brazil (certificate HA2783)

NB The facility has to be approved for export to Brazil by MAPA. To do so, a Good manufacturing practices (GMP) check list has to be filled out during the annual inspection. Please contact your local CFIA district office for more information.
  1. The product does not contain ruminant ingredients, except;
    • milk and milk products milk derivatives, gelatin, collagen (prepared from hides and skins) and tallow with a maximum of 0.15% (by weight) of insoluble impurities,
      and/or
    • ruminant ingredients legally imported from BSE negligible risk countries and which were processed in a way to prevent any contact with raw material originating from countries with a different health status.
  2. In the case of dry, and semi-moist pet food, the product was processed to ensure the destruction of harmful pathogens.
  3. In the case of sterilized food (hermetically sealed), the product was thermally processed to achieve a value F0 of at least 3.0.
  4. Appropriate control measures and storage to prevent contamination with specified risk material (SRM) were implemented in the manufacturing facilities.
  5. The product was handled to prevent re-contamination with pathogens after treatment.
  6. The product was packaged with new materials.
  7. The processing plant complies with requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Chile (certificate HA2822)

NB The pet food manufacturer must complete a product monograph and submit it to SAG in order to have their products approved.
  1. For complete foods or dry supplements (extruded or pelletized) and semi-moist supplements containing ingredients of animal origin:
    1. Meat and bone meal of ruminant origin, originates from a country that is free of scrapie and is recognized by the OIE as being negligible risk for BSE according to the Terrestrial Animal Health Code;

      Or

      the product does not contain meal made from meat and bone meal of ruminant origin.

    2. Meat and bone meal of ruminant origin comes from an establishment authorized by SAG to export to Chile.
    3. SAG has authorized the export of the pet food products to Chile.
    4. the processed pet food  has been heat treated to 90°C internal temperature.
    5. each production batch underwent the following microbiological analysis:

      Salmonella: absent in 25 grams, with n=5, c=0, m=0, M=0
      Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, c=2, m=10, M=300

    6. In the case of  pet  food containing ingredients of plant origin, total  level of mycotoxins in the finished product does not exceed 10ppb.
  2. For complete pet food or moist supplements in hermetically sealed containers containing ingredients of animal origin:
    1. Comply with 1 a), b), c), and f) listed above.
    2. Each production batch was heat treated to reach F0 > 3 or each production batch was analyzed for botulinin toxin and the results are attached to the health certificate.
    3. The pet food containers are hermetically sealed to maintain sterility.
  3. Dehydrated products derived from animal by-products:
    1. Comply with 1 a), b), c), and f) listed above, except for products made from cowhide, in which case they comply with 1 c) and f).
    2. The products were heat treated to reach 90°C internal temperature.
    3. Each production batch was tested for Salmonella and results were negative in a 25 gram sample (n=5, c=0, m=0, M=0). The result is attached to the zoosanitary certificate.
  4. Complete pet food or supplements that do not contain ingredients of animal origin do not exceed 10ppb mycotoxins.

Columbia
Pet food containing ruminant ingredients (certificate HA2723)

Note: While we are waiting for official clarification, the requirement for Clostridium Perfringens testing applies to canned pet food.

  1. The ruminant meat or meat meal used in the pet food formulation has been legally imported into Canada from Australia and/or New Zealand, or other countries recognized as negligible risk for Bovine Spongiforme Encephalopathy (BSE) in accordance with current OIE criteria.
  2. The pet food products contain (delete as appropriate):
    1. milk and milk derivatives
    2. gelatine and collagen (prepared from skins and hides)
    3. tallow containing less than 0.15% in weight of insoluble impurities
  3. Dry, semi-moist and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens. The pet food has been heat treated using the following method (check appropriate selection):
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
    • 80°C for at least 1 minute
  4. Random samples taken after the heat treatment, were found negative for Clostridium perfringens (absence in 1g).
  5. The moisture content of the processed meat meal used in the pet food formulation does not exceed 12%.
  6. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  7. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  8. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid contamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  9. Appropriate controls are in place at the manufacturing and storage facilities to prevent contamination of eligible products with Specified Risk Material (SRM) and susceptible ruminant materials from a Non-BSE free country origin.
  10. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material.
  11. The pet food manufacturer keeps records of inventory for incoming materials of animal origin received and for finished pet food products dispatched.

Colombia
Pet Food not containing ruminant ingredients (certificate HA2724)

Note: While we are waiting for official clarification, the requirement for Clostridium Perfringens testing applies to canned pet food.

  1. The above mentioned product does not contain ruminant material, with the exception of milk and milk derivatives, gelatine and collagen (prepared from skins and hides), tallow containing less than 0.15% in weight of insoluble impurities.
  2. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the raw material of poultry and/or pork origin were obtained from officially inspected slaughter houses and were slaughtered under standards existing in Canada, or have been legally imported from the USA.
  3. Dry, semi-moist and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens. In the case of pet food derived from poultry or poultry products, the pet food has been heat treated to ensure the destruction of the avian influenza virus, using the following method (check appropriate selection):
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
    • 80°C for at least 1 minute
  4. Random samples taken after the heat treatment, were found negative for Clostridium perfringens (absence in 1g).
  5. The moisture content of the processed meat meal used in the pet food formulation does not exceed 12%.
  6. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  7. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  8. Appropriate controls are in place at the manufacturing and storage facilities to prevent contamination of eligible products with Specified Risk Material (SRM) and susceptible ruminant materials from a Non-BSE free country origin.
  9. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  10. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material.
  11. The pet food manufacturer keeps records of inventory for incoming materials of animal origin received and for finished pet food products dispatched.

Costa Rica (certificate HA2819)

NB: As per Costa Rica Law 37279, the product must be registered with Costa Rica before exportation (new product or renewal). A free sale declaration is required to do so.
  1. The product is available for sale in Canada.
  2. The product has been manufactured in plants supervised by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  3. The product has been manufactured and packaged following good manufacturing practices, sufficient to render it microbiologically stable.
  4. Pet food (dry, semi moist, and dehydrated) has been heat treated to a minimum internal temperature of 70°C. Canned pet food products have been treated in hermetically sealed containers with an F0 of 3.0 or more.
  5. Finished products (except for product in hermetically sealed containers) were processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens. Precautions have been taken to avoid contamination of the product with pathogenic agents after heat treatment.
  6. Specified risk materials: brains, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, tonsils, dorsal root ganglia, skull, and spinal cord from cattle over 30 months of age, and the distal ileum from cattle of all ages  are not used in the manufacture of pet food.
  7. Precautions have been taken during processing and storage of pet food products to prevent any commingling or cross-contamination with prohibited ruminant-origin materials.
  8. Pet food contains no ruminant origin ingredients except (include as applicable):
    1. dairy;
    2. protein free tallow with a maximum level of insoluble impurities of 0.15% in weight;
    3. ovine or bovine (specify) ingredients legally imported from Australia, New Zealand, or other countries (list as applicable) recognized as free of scrapie and negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy;
    4. bovine ingredients do not contain specific BSE risk materials.

Guatemala
Pet food containing ruminant ingredients (certificate HA2780)

  1. The ruminant meat or meat meal used in the pet food formulation has been legally imported into Canada from Australia and/or New Zealand, or other countries recognized as negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in accordance with current OIE criteria.
  2. The pet food products contain (delete as appropriate):
    1. milk and milk derivatives
    2. gelatine and collagen (prepared from skins and hides)
    3. tallow containing less than 0.15% in weight of insoluble impurities
  3. Dry, semi-moist and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens. The pet food has been heat treated using the following method (check appropriate selection):
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
    • 80°C for at least 1 minute
  4. The moisture content of the processed meat meal used in the pet food formulation does not exceed 12%.
  5. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  6. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  7. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  8. Appropriate controls are in place at the manufacturing and storage facilities to prevent contamination of eligible products with Specified Risk Material (SRM) and susceptible ruminant materials from a Non-BSE free country origin.
  9. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material.
  10. The pet food manufacturer keeps records of inventory for incoming materials of animal origin received and for finished pet food products dispatched.

Guatemela
Pet Food not containing ruminant ingredients (certificate HA2781)

  1. The above mentioned product does not contain ruminant material, with the exception of milk and milk derivatives, gelatine and collagen (prepared from skins and hides), tallow containing less than 0.15% in weight of insoluble impurities.
  2. The raw material of poultry and/or pork origin were obtained from officially inspected slaughter houses and were slaughtered under standards existing in Canada, or have been legally imported from the USA.
  3. Dry, semi-moist and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens. In the case of pet food derived from poultry or poultry products, the pet food has been heat treated to ensure the destruction of the avian influenza virus, using the following method (check appropriate selection):
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
    • 80°C for at least 1 minute
  4. The moisture content of the processed meat meal used in the pet food formulation does not exceed 12%.
  5. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  6. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  7. Appropriate controls are in place at the manufacturing and storage facilities to prevent contamination of eligible products with Specified Risk Material (SRM) and susceptible ruminant materials from a Non-BSE free country origin.
  8. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  9. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material.
  10. The pet food manufacturer keeps records of inventory for incoming materials of animal origin received and for finished pet food products dispatched.

Peru (certificate HA2775)

  1. The product was prepared using raw materials from: (name species)

    space.

  2. For products made from meat meals and bovine bones: (cross out option that does not correspond)

    The raw materials and the product come from a country with negligible risk for BSE,

    or

    The raw materials were imported legally from a country with negligible risk (indicate country) according to the OIE list space.

  3. The processing plant is authorized for the preparation of these products by the Official Competent Authority of the exporting country and has verifiable established procedures that prevent cross contamination with BSE risk materials.
  4. The product is suitable for animal consumption.
  5. During its preparation, the food has been subjected to a treatment that guarantees the destruction of any pathogenic agent that affects animal health (indicate treatment):

    space

  6. The necessary precautions were taken after treatment to prevent the product coming into contact with any microorganism that is potentially pathogenic for animals.
  7. The product has been handled hygienically and packaged in clean packaging, made of impermeable, sealed and resistant materials, able to protect it from environmental contamination; so that the sterility obtained during the heat process is maintained.

Trinidad and Tobago (certificate HA2792)

  1. The processing pet food plant space is recognized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as eligible for export to Trinidad and Tobago.
  2. The petfood described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  3. The product has been manufactured to a heat treatment of at least 90°C throughout their substance and was packed in new packaging material.
  4. In the case of sterilized canned products, the pet food has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  5. Random samples of dry pet food taken after the heat treatment have been tested and were found negative for Salmonella.
  6. The pet food has been processed in an establishment operating under Canadian Food Inspection Agency supervision.

Asia

China

AQSIQ: The Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine represents the competent authority in China.

Preamble: The CFIA inspects the facility looking to export to China and recommends approval. After reviewing the documentation, AQSIQ can choose to have the facility audited or not. If AQSIQ approves the facility, it will be registered on the list of approved facilities. It should be noted that even if a facility is approved for export to China, the product must also be registered with the Chinese Department of Agriculture before it can be exported.

Please refer to AQSIQ list for approved plants.

Only approved GMO ingredients and approved feed additives by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture are allowed for use in pet food intended for export to China.

Please refer to Chinese Ministry of Agriculture lists for approved list.

If the exported product contains no ruminant ingredient and is declared as being free of ruminant ingredient, A PCR testing is mandatory.

China (certificate HA2756)

  1. The pet food processing plant is approved and supervised by the authorized department of the country or region and has undergone establishment registration with AQSIQ.
  2. The finished product does not contain and has not been contaminated during production, storage and transportation with ruminant material originating from Canada or any controlled BSE risk country, except for dairy products, tallow with less than 0.15% of insoluble impurities, and gelatin made from hides and skins.
  3. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that in the case of non-ruminant animal raw material, the raw material are obtained from animals that have been slaughtered in an officially approved slaughter house and did not show any clinical signs of infectious diseases after having undergone ante and post-mortem inspections, did not originate from slaughtered animals that were slaughtered due to an epidemic outbreak and did not originate from dead animals.
  4. The finished product has been tested by PCR method and did not show evidence of ruminant material.
  5. In case of Ruminant raw materials, the materials originate from countries with negligible BSE risk and from AQSIQ registered establishments; are traceable; and are not cross contaminated with other ruminant products during production, storage and transportation.
    • Name of animal raw material:space.
    • Animal species:space.
    • Country of origin:space.
    • Name of sourcing facility:space.
    • Official registration number:space.
  6. In case of fish origin raw material, the raw material were derived from fish or other animals, caught in the open sea, except sea mammals and by-products from plants manufacturing fish products for human consumption.
  7. In case of plant origin raw material, the plants do not contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients which have not been approved by the Chinese competent authorities (CAs).
  8. The used additives are in compliance with the requirements laid down in relevant Chinese laws and regulations of food additives.
  9. The processed pet food has been subjected to a heat treatment of a least 90°C for 15 minutes, throughout its substances or has undergone other treatments approved by AQSIQ to effectively eliminate any pathogens.
  10. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging, on which it is clearly indicated that the content is destined for feeding to pets only, bear labels indicating Not For Human Consumption.
  11. The product complies with relevant Chinese safety and hygiene standards for pet food and does not contain any toxic or hazardous substances which are harmful to animal health.
  12. The finished product has been analyzed by random sampling of at least five samples taken during or after storage at the processing plant and complied with the following standards: on a basis of at least five (5) samples for each lot processed, selected at random during or after storage at the processing plant, and meeting the following standards:

    Salmonella: Absence in 25g: n= 5, c=0, m=0, M=0
    Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, c=2, m= 10, M = 300 in 1g

Hong Kong (no import requirements):

Read section "Request for certification" for the appropriate use of the in-house certificate HA2341.

Indonesia (certificate HA2722)

  1. The pet food product has been manufactured in a facility that is approved and monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  2. The pet food product does not contain ruminant material, except milk and derivatives originating from non BSE-Free countries.
  3. Dry, semi-moist and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens. The pet food has been heat treated using the following method (check appropriate selection)
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
    • 80°C for at least 1  minute.
  4. In the case of canned products in hermetically sealed containers, the pet food product has been manufactured according to standard canning processing procedures and has been subjected to at least 116 degrees Celsius for a period of not less than 15 minutes.
  5. In the case of tallow used as an ingredient, the level of insoluble impurities is less than 0.15% in weight.
  6. The pet food product has undergone all precaution to avoid contamination with Salmonella and other pathogenic organisms.
  7. The pet food product was packed and sealed in new packaging material at the manufacturing facility and labelled as a pet food product with the list of ingredients and the nutritional information.
  8. The pet food product can be sold without restriction in Canada.

Japan

Based on past experience and confirmation from MAFF AQS, no animal health certification is required for fully processed cooked pet food (finished, packaged, ready for retail sale, shelf-stable) produced through extrusion or hermetically sealed to be imported to Japan.

Fully processed cooked means that materials must be:

  • Cooked and dry "crunchy" (kibble type products produced through an extrusion process); or
  • Semi-moist products produced through an extrusion process or
  • Hermetically sealed products (packaged using a retort process).

If materials do not meet the above criteria, like pet food not fully heat-treated, with high moisture content, not in a retail/consumer package, it is always recommended that Canadian exporters ask their Japanese importers to consult with MAFF AQS prior to their first export to Japan.

Read section on in house certificate (HA2341) under chapter Request for Certification.

An animal health certificate is required for the following pet food products:

  • meat jerky and freeze dried meat products (except of bovine/ovine/caprine origins as Canada has no access for processed beef products);
  • external tissues such as hides, hooves and etc. (except caprine origin)

Note: Pet food containing poultry/poultry products are subject to the same import restrictions as poultry and poultry products for human consumption due to avian influenza. It is always recommended that Canadian exporters ask their Japanese importers to consult with MAFF AQS to get simplified requirements before export.

Korea (certificate HA2777)

  1. The product referred to above may be freely sold in Canada as dog and cat food.
  2. The pet food does not contain any material or ingredient derived from ruminants (except for milk and milk products, protein free tallow with maximum level of insoluble impurities of 0.15% in weight and gelatin made from hides).
  3. Raw materials of animal origin in the said product are of Canadian origin or have been legally imported into Canada from Australia, New Zealand or USA.
  4. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the raw materials used in the production of the pet food were derived from animals presented for examination at slaughter and evaluated favourably for inclusion in pet food, and were slaughtered under standards existing in Canada.
  5. The producing plant has been authorized and is supervised by the Canadian government.
  6. Dry, semi-moist, and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens as demonstrated by the fact that finished products (except hermetically sealed containers) were routinely tested and found negative for Salmonella.
  7. Packaging materials:
    1. Canned products are packaged in hermetically sealed containers, pouches.
    2. All products are packaged in new packaging material and packaged ready for retail.
  8. In the case of pet food derived from poultry or poultry products, the pet food has been heat treated at its core temperature equivalent to or greater than the following conditions to ensure the destruction of avian influenza and Newcastle viruses (check appropriate selection):
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
    • 80°C for at least 1 minute
    • 90°C throughout the substance
  9. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.

Malaysia (certificate HA2778)

  1. The pet food product has been manufactured in a facility that is approved and monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  2. The pet food product does not contain ruminant material from non-BSE-Free countries, except milk and derivatives, gelatine and collagen made from hides and skins and protein free tallow with less than 0.15% in weight of insoluble impurities and its derivatives.
  3. The dry, semi-moist and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens. The pet food has been heat treated using the following method (check appropriate selection):
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
    • 80°C for at least 1 minute
    • 90°C throughout the substance
  4. In the case of canned products in hermetically sealed containers, the pet food product has been manufactured according to standard canning processing procedures and has been subjected to a heat treatment of not less than 121°C for at least 3 minutes.
  5. The pet food product has undergone all precaution to avoid re-contamination with Salmonella and other pathogenic organisms.
  6. The pet food product was packed and sealed in new packaging material at the manufacturing facility and labelled as a pet food product with the list of ingredients and the nutritional information.
  7. The pet food product can be sold without restriction in Canada.

Philippines (certificate HA2794)

  1. The above mentioned product does not contain animal ingredients derived from ruminant excluding ruminant ingredients originated from Australia and/or New Zealand.
  2. In the case of dried or semi-moist products, the above mentioned product was produced in such a way that the ingredients of animal origin have been heat treatment of at least 90°C throughout their substance.
  3. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  4. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is used in the manufacturing of pet food products.
  5. The pet foods described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  6. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.

Singapore (certificate HA2786)

  1. The pet food does not contain animal origin material derived from bovine (except for milk, milk products and tallow with a maximum of 0.15% of insoluble impurities).
  2. The pet food producing plant has been authorized and is supervised by the Canadian government.
  3. Canned products are packaged in hermetically sealed containers – pouch.
  4. All products are packaged in new packaging material.
  5. In the case of dried or semi-moist products, the above mentioned product has undergone heat treatment at minimum of:
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
    • 80°C for at least 1 minute
    • 90°C throughout the substance
  6. In the case of wet products (hermetically sealed container) the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  7. All precautions have been taken to avoid contamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.

Taiwan

BAPHIQ: The "Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine" represents the competent authority in Taiwan.

Preamble: The CFIA inspects and approves facilities on behalf of BAPHIQ by completing the verification list. Once the establishment is approved, the facility will be registered on a list of approved facilities. BAPHIQ can choose to audit or not the Canadian pet food industry at any time.

Annex to certificate: BAPHIQ requests a detailed description of the exported products. Please use the annex designed for this purpose.

Taiwan
Pet chews (certificate HA2789)

  1. In the case of pet chews derived from cloven-hoofed animals, the rawhide materials were derived from animals that originated in Canada or have been legally imported from the USA.
  2. In the case of pet chews derived from poultry, the rawhide materials were derived from animals that originated in Canada or have been legally imported from the USA.
  3. The manufacturing plant is approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for the production and packaging of pet chews.
  4. The rawhide has been dehaired, degreased, dried and is free of blood and dirt.
  5. The products are transported in new and clean containers.

Taiwan
Pet food (certificate HA2790)

  1. The product has been manufactured in a plant approved and supervised by the competent authority.
  2. Importation of rendered ruminant-derived proteins and tallow with more than 0.15% of insoluble impurities from countries that are not recognized to be of negligible risk of BSE is prohibited in Canada.
  3. The manufacturing plant does not process any bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk material (Ruminant Meat and bone meal (MBM), greaves, tonsils and distal ileum, brain, eyes, spinal cord, skull and vertebral column from cattle of all ages) from Canada or any other country with a reported case of BSE.
  4. The above mentioned product does not contain BSE risk materials as defined above and does not contain bovine viscera, mechanically separated meat (MSM) from the skull and vertebral column from cattle over 30 months.
  5. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that in the case of pet food containing bovine raw material of Canadian origin, the raw material was obtained from animals that have been slaughtered in approved abattoirs and were subjected to ante- and post-mortem inspection. The animals were not subjected to a stunning process, prior to slaughter, with a device injection compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity, nor to a pithing process.
  6. In the case of pet food containing bovine ingredients (except for gelatin, collagen, chondroitin, glucosamine, dicalcium phosphate and dairy products):

    Description of bovine ingredient:space.
    Country of origin:space.

  7. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  8. In the case of dry pet food, the product has been heat-treated during the manufacturing process and the core temperature reaches one of the following parameters to ensure the destruction or inactivation of relevant pathogens:
    • 70°C for 30 minutes or more, or
    • 80°C for 9 minutes or more, or
    • 90°C throughout the substance
    • 100°C for 1 minute or more.
  9. There has been no co-mingling of any ingredients with any BSE risk materials at any time. Effective measures were taken to prevent the pet food from being contaminated by pathogens of other animal infectious diseases in raw materials and throughout manufacturing and packing process.
  10. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material.

Taïwan
Canned Pet Food (not containing bovine ingredients)

For canned pet food not containing bovine ingredients, no export certificate is required. An exporter's declaration stating that the pet food does not contain bovine ingredients is required unless the label clearly demonstrates that no bovine ingredients were used in the canned pet food.

Read section "Request for certification" for the appropriate use of the in-house certificate HA2341.

Canned Pet Food containing bovine ingredients must be exported using the certificate HA2790.

Thailand (certificate HA2791)

  1. The above mentioned product does not contain proteins derived from ruminant animals, with the exception of milk and milk by-products.
  2. In the case of dried or semi-moist products, the above mentioned product was produced in such a way that the ingredients of animal origin have been subject to a heat treatment of at least 90°C throughout their substance.
  3. The end product was examined by random sampling of at least five (5) samples from each processed batch during storage or prior to dispatch and found to comply with the following standards:

    Salmonella: Absence in 25g: n= 5, c=0, m=0, M=0
    Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, c=2, m= 10, M = 300 in 1g

  4. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  5. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  6. The above mentioned product has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  7. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material.

Middle East

Israël

Preamble: For a facility to be eligible for export to Israel, an appendix must be completed on an annual basis. The CFIA completes this appendix following an inspection. Please contact your local CFIA district office.

Pet food (certificate HA2782)Footnote 2
  1. The above-described pet food:
    • was manufactured in Canada

      And/Or

    • was manufactured and packaged in the USA

      And

    • meets the requirements for importation into Israel and may be freely sold for companion animal feeding in the country of origin and in Canada.
  2. The above-described pet food was produced in an establishment which is under the supervision of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

    And/Or

    was legally imported from the USA.

  3. In the case of canned pet food or retorted pouches, the product has been:
    1. Heat treated in hermetically sealed containers to a minimum F0 value of 3.0; and
    2. Manufactured and packaged complying with good manufacturing practice, sufficient to render it commercially sterile and free from pathogenic microorganisms.
  4. In the case of dry pet food and semi-moist pet food:
    1. The processed pet food or the ingredients of animal origin have been subjected to a heat treatment of at least 90°C throughout their substances, or any alternative processing method authorized by the competent authority;
    2. The product has been manufactured and packaged following good manufacturing practice, sufficient to render it microbiologically stable;
    3. The product was analyzed by a random sampling of at least five samples from each processed batch taken during or after storage at the processing plant and complies with the following standards:

      Salmonella: Absence in 25g: n= 5, c=0, m=0, M=0
      Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, c=2, m= 10, M = 300 in 1g

  5. The finished product does not contain and is not contaminated with commodities that should not be traded as defined in the B.S.E chapter of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code. Ruminant meat and/or meat and bone meal legally imported into Canada from OIE negligible risk countries are permitted as ingredients in companion animal feed.
  6. The finished product was stored in enclosed storage and has undergone all precautions to prevent contamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.

Jordan (certificate HA2752)

  1. The pet food product has been manufactured in a facility that is approved for export and monitored by the official competent authority.
  2. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the raw material of animal origin was derived from healthy animals which were presented to ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection in slaughter houses and did not show any clinical sign of diseases communicable by the product to humans and animals.
  3. The pet food product does not contain ruminant material originating from non-negligible BSE risk countries as per the OIE classification, except for milk and derivatives, tallow with insoluble impurities less than 0.15% in weight and gelatine made with hides and skins.
  4. The pet food has been sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens as demonstrated by the fact that finished products are routinely tested and found to comply with the following standards:

    Salmonella; absence in 25g; n=5, c=0, m=0, M=0 B.
    Enterobacteriaceae; absence in 1g; n=5, c=2, m=10, M=300

  5. In the case of canned pet food:
    1. the product has been heat treated in hermetically sealed containers to a minimum F0 value of 3.0; and
    2. the product was manufactured and packaged complying with good manufacturing practice.
  6. In the case of dry pet food

    The processed pet food has been subjected to one of the following heat treatment:

    • of at least 90°C throughout their substances or,
    • 70°C for at least 30 minutes, or
    • 75°C for at least 5 minutes
  7. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material labelled "Not For Human Consumption".
  8. The finished product was stored and transported in a manner to prevent contamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.

Saudi Arabia (certificate HA2785)

  1. The product contains no ingredients from bovine, ovine, caprine or any other animal species susceptible to bovine spongiform encephalopathy from Canada or any other BSE-infested region or country. Products from ovine origin come from Australia and/or New Zealand.
  2. The above mentioned product does not contain blood and or ingredients of pork origin.
  3. There has been no co-mingling of any ingredients with any ruminant-origin items, except dairy products, from any BSE country at any time.
  4. In the case of dried or semi-moist products, the above mentioned product was produced in such a way that the ingredients of animal origin have been subject to a heat treatment of at least 90°C throughout their substance.
  5. The end product was examined by random sampling of at least five (5) samples from each processed batch during storage or prior to dispatch and found to comply with the following standards:

    Salmonella: Absence in 25g: n= 5, c=0, m=0, M=0
    Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, c=2, m= 10, M = 300 in 1g

  6. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the above mentioned product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  7. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  8. The pet food described above has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  9. The above mentioned product was packed in new packaging material.

The United Arab Emirates (certificate HA2793)

  1. The products referred to above may be freely sold in Canada as dog or cat food.
  2. The pet food does not contain protein derived from ruminants (except for milk and milk products).
  3. Raw materials of animal origin in the said product are of Canadian origin or have been legally imported into Canada from Australia, New Zealand or USA.
  4. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that that the raw materials used in the production of the pet food were derived from animals presented for examination at slaughter and evaluated favorably for inclusion in pet food, and were slaughtered under standards existing in Canada.
  5. The producing plant has been authorized and is supervised by the Canadian government.
  6. Dry, semi-moist, and dehydrated pet food products were sufficiently processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens as demonstrated by the fact that finished products (except for hermetically sealed containers) were routinely tested and found negative for Salmonella.
  7. For the packaging materials:

    Canned products are packaged in hermetically sealed containers.
    All products are packaged in appropriate (new) packaging material and packaged ready for retail.

  8. In the case of pet food derived from poultry or poultry products, the pet food has been treated to ensure the destruction of avian influenza virus, using the following method (check appropriate selection):
    • 70° C for at least 30 minutes;
    • 75° C for at least 5 minutes;
    • 80° C for at least 1 minute.
  9. Precautions have been taken to avoid recontamination of the product with pathogenic agents after heat treatment.

Oceania

Australia (Use certificate HA2341)

  • An import permit is required and issued by DAFF Biosecurity for almost all pet food products which contain animal, plant or microbial derived ingredients.
  • A copy of valid import permit with the exporter declaration must be submitted to CFIA certifying veterinarian.
  • The exporter's declaration should include the following:
    • DAFF import permit number space
    • The exporter's reference number and/or batch number
    • Description of the product (as per the import permit description e.g. Pet food, pet treat etc.)
    • Animal origin ingredient (as per the import permit description e.g. Porcine, avian, fish etc.)
    • Include specific conditions as mentioned on the DAFF import permit (use the same wording as per the import permit conditions)
    • Read section on in house certificate (HA2341) under chapter Request for Certification

    When finished pet food contains imported ingredients for which Australia require specific conditions, additional certification may be required to ensure that Australian requirements are met.

French Polynesia (certificate HA2779)

  1. The product is of Canadian origin or has been legally imported into Canada from the USA.
  2. The product was prepared and stored at a facility supervised and controlled by the competent authority.
  3. It contains no ingredients from bovine, ovine, caprine or any other animal species susceptible to bovine spongiform encephalopathy from any BSE-infected region or country. Products from ovine origin come from Australia and/or New Zealand.
  4. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the products were prepared exclusively using the following animal by products:
    • parts of slaughtered animals that are fit for human consumption under current Canadian law (Meat Inspection Act 1990), but are not intended for human consumption for commercial reasons;
    • parts of slaughtered animals that have been declared unfit for human consumption, but are free of any sign of disease that may be transmitted to humans or animals, and are derived from carcasses that were fit for human consumption under current Canadian law.
  5. The product was manufactured with ingredients of animal origin that are from a country designated by the OIE as free of diseases of concern to the species or the products have been subjected to a heat treatment(s) sufficient to inactivate the diseases of concern.
  6. It has been analyzed by random sampling of at least five samples taken during or after storage at the processing plant and complied with the following standards: on a basis of at least five (5) samples for each lot processed, selected at random during or after storage at the processing plant, and meeting the following standards:

    Salmonella: Absence in 25g: n= 5, c=0, m=0, M=0
    Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, c=2, m= 10, M = 300 in 1g

  7. It has undergone all precautions to avoid recontamination with pathogenic agents after treatment.
  8. It has been packed in new packaging labelled "Not For Human Consumption".

New Zealand

You can find the import requirements for the various products at the following link: Import health standard for shelf-stable petfoods containing animal products – PDF (203 kb).

Read section "Request for certification" for the appropriate use of the in-house certificate HA2341.

An exporter's declaration must be included with the shipment.

Europe

European Union (EU)

NB The facility has to be approved for export to EU and be listed on TRACES. To do so, the EU check list has to be filled out during the annual inspection. Please contact your local CFIA district office for more information.

Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES): List of approved establishments

  • For canned pet food: chapter 3A (HA2824)
  • For processed pet food other than canned foods: chapter 3B (HA2810)
  • For dogchews: chapter 3C (HA2825)
  • For raw pet food for direct sale or for animal by-products to be fed to fur animals: chapter 3D (HA2826)
  1. They were prepared and stored in a certified plant controlled by the competent authority under article 24 of Regulation (EC) no 1069/2009.
  2. They were prepared using only the animal by-products listed on the appropriate certificate: HA2810; HA2824; HA2825; HA2826
  3. They underwent a thermal treatment as required in the certificate mentioned in point 2.
  4. Analyses (check off the appropriate box):
    • For certificate HA2824:
      They were analyzed, using samples from at least 5 containers sampled at random from each processed batch, using laboratory diagnostic methods aimed at making sure that the shipment has undergone the appropriate thermal treatment as stipulated in point II.3 of the certificate.
    • For certificates HA2810, HA2825 and HA2826:
      They were analyzed, using samples from at least 5 samples from each processed batch, sampled at random during or after being stored in the processing plant and satisfying the following standards:

      Salmonella: absence in 25 g: n = 5, c = 0, m = 0, M = 0,
      Enterobacteriaceae: n = 5, c = 2, m = 10, M = 300 in 1 g.

  5. All precautions were taken to prevent contamination by pathogenic agents after processing.
  6. They were packaged in the manner stipulated in the certificate mentioned in point 2.
  7. The product does not contain and is not derived from specified risk material as defined in Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council or mechanically separated meat obtained from bones of bovine, ovine or caprine animals; and the animals from which this product is derived have not been slaughtered after stunning by means of gas injected into the cranial cavity or killed by the same method or slaughtered by laceration of central nervous tissue by means of an elongated rod-shaped instrument introduced into the cranial cavity;

    or

    The product does not contain and is not derived from bovine, ovine or caprine materials other than those derived from animals born, continuously reared and slaughtered in a country or region classified as posing a negligible BSE risk by a decision in accordance with Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 999/2001;

Agreement of CFIA with third countries for Additional certification

NB: The CFIA has reached an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture USDA (USA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA (USA) and the SAGARPA (Mexico) to issue additional certification to Canadian import requirements for export of animal origin materials (by-products, meals, fish meal and fish oil) from those countries to Canada for the manufacture of pet food (in Canada) which will be exported to third countries (EU, Russia and Ukraine).

EU

Current Agreements for imported ingredients:

For any other imported ingredient not covered by these agreements, please contact the CFIA district veterinarian to find out how to proceed.

Russia (certificate HA2823)
  1. The above mentioned products of animal origin were manufactured in the establishments, which fulfill the necessary veterinary health requirements, authorized by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for supplying product for export and are under the supervision of the Canadian Veterinary Service.
  2. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the pet foods are manufactured from raw materials derived from animals (including birds) originating from the premises and administrative territories, officially free from contagious diseases of the animals (including birds), namely:

    African swine fever, African horse sickness, pest in camel and rinderpest – during three years in the country;

    Food-and-mouth disease, sheep pox, and goat pox and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia – during 12 months in the administrative unit.

  3. Processed animal proteins used in the manufacture of the pet foods have been derived from material which has been processed in an authorized inedible rendering plant and has been heated throughout its substance to a temperature 133 degrees C not less than 20 minutes at a pressure of 3 bars or processed according to an officially approved alternative heat treatment system achieving equivalent bacteriological security and random samples comply with the following standards:

    Clostridium perfringens: absence in 1 g
    Salmonella: absence in 25 g, n=5, c=0,m=0, M=0
    Enterobacteriaceae: n=5, c=2,m=10, M=300 in 1g

  4. The pet foods are not manufactured by using beef, beef by-products, other raw materials derived from bovine as well as meat-bone meal which originate from Great Britain and from administrative territories of other countries which were not free from bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
  5. Processed animal proteins and/or other components of the pet foods were subjected to heat treatment with the temperature not less than 90 degrees C internal temperature during the manufacture of the pet foods.
  6. Random samples of the finished product were found to comply with the following standards:

    Salmonella: 0 in 25g.
    Total plate count: 500,000 in 1g.

  7. The end product was packed in new material and satisfies the necessary sanitary requirements.
  8. Means of transport are treated and prepared in accordance either the rules approved in the exporting country.

Note: Processed animal proteins (meals) do not need to be tested for Clostridium perfringens, Salmonella spp or Enterobacteriaceae as indicated on the export certificate if they are heat treated in a way that destroy all pathogens of concern provided that the finished product is tested for those pathogens and the results are negatives. For Clostridium perfringens, a result of < 10 CFU/ gram is considered an absence for export of pet food to Russia.

Agreement of CFIA with third countries for Additional certification

NB: The CFIA has reached an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture USDA (USA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA (USA) and the SAGARPA (Mexico) to issue additional certification to Canadian import requirements for export of animal origin materials (by-products, meals, fish meal and fish oil) from those countries to Canada for the manufacture of pet food (in Canada) which will be exported to third countries (EU, Russia and Ukraine).

Russia

Current Agreement for imported ingredients:

For any other imported ingredient not covered by these agreements, please contact the CFIA district veterinarian to find out how to proceed.

Switzerland

Same conditions as EU.

Turkey

Same conditions as EU.

Ukraine (certificate HA2827)
  1. The pet food described above can be sold without restriction in Canada.
  2. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the pet food originates from animals which have shown no signs of anthrax during ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections and come from establishments which are not placed under quarantine on account of anthrax control.
  3. The pet food has been processed to ensure the destruction of pathogenic disease agents of concern (brucellosis, leptospirosis, swine pseudorabies virus, and clostridial agents) likely to be transmitted by pet food. The certified materials have been processed at a temperature not lower than 133 degrees Celsius and for not less than 20 minutes at a pressure of 3 bars or processed according to an alternative system of thermal treatment that is approved by CFIA and assures guarantees to meet the established microbial standard. In the case of sterilized products (hermetically-sealed containers), the product has been heated to a minimum F0 value of 3.0.
  4. The facility has in its possession the supporting documents (traceability certificates and health certificates for imported ingredients) certifying that the meats (not including fish) used in the production of the pet food were derived from animals presented for examination at slaughter and evaluated favorably for inclusion in pet food.
  5. Certified material either (check the appropriate selection):
    • Do not contain any bovine material (except for dairy or raw hide) or
    • Contain only bovine origin ingredients (except for dairy and raw hide) from BSE free countries.
  6. Feeds do not contain salmonella, botulinic toxin, enteropathogenic and anerobic microflora. Total bacterial contamination does not exceed 500 thousand of microbial organisms per 1 g.
  7. The certified product does not contain any material derived from cervidae.
  8. Packing material is new (used for the first time) and satisfies the necessary sanitary-hygiene requirements.
  9. The product was transported in a manner to prevent recontamination of the product.

Agreement of CFIA with third countries for Additional certification

NB: The CFIA has reached an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture USDA (USA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA (USA) and the SAGARPA (Mexico) to issue additional certification to Canadian import requirements for export of animal origin materials (by-products, meals, fish meal and fish oil) from those countries to Canada for the manufacture of pet food (in Canada) which will be exported to third countries (EU, Russia and Ukraine).

Ukraine

Current Agreement for imported ingredients:

For any other imported ingredient not covered by these agreements, please contact the CFIA district veterinarian to find out how to proceed.

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