Food-specific export requirements

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, other requirements will be introduced in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

Some food and food-related products exported from Canada must comply with additional requirements set by destination countries or markets. The particular requirements you need to comply with differ depending on the product you export and the destination country. To find requirements specific to the food products you intend to export, refer to the exporting information for your food sector in the export repository. The intended information below relates to specific food products which are subject to programme requirements over and above Canadian requirements in order to qualify for exportation. This includes information on programs which are required in order for specific foods to be eligible for export certification.

Labelling

The country of origin must be mentioned on the product in addition to any other language or labeling requirements of the importing country. Some countries may require statements regarding the method of production, including halal, kosher and organic. The CFIA does not certify these claims. Companies will have to request appropriate certification bodies in this regard.

Foods that do not meet Canadian regulations and cannot be sold in Canada must be clearly marked 'For Export Only'. Some food commodity regulations have export requirements that must always be met. For more information, please refer to the Industry Labelling Tool.

Meat

Fish and seafood

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Organic foods

Dairy

Egg

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