Guidelines for the Preparation of Export Certificates for the Canadian pet food industry
Audits and Inspection

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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.

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