Canadian Regulatory Requirements for Fish Import Licence Holders (Basic Importers)
3. Relevant Legislation
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3.1 Regulatory Framework
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is the federal agency that enforces the policies and standards set by Health Canada, governing the safety and nutritional quality of all food sold in Canada. The CFIA's mandate is to safeguard Canada's food, animals, and plants and to protect public health.
The Fish Inspection Regulations require persons who import fish into Canada to be licenced by the CFIA. The responsibilities of the importer and licencing requirements are outlined in the Fish Inspection Regulations.
The authority for the control and inspection of fish is provided by the following Acts and Regulations:
- Fish Inspection Act (R.S.C., 1985. c. F-12)
- Fish Inspection Regulations (C.R.C. 1978 c. 802, as amended)
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees Notice, Part 16
- Food and Drugs Act and Food and Drug Regulations (as it relates to food)
- Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (as it relates to food)
The CFIA also takes into consideration the requirements of other Canadian Acts and Regulations applicable to the inspection of food, such as applicable legislation relating to the National Aquatic Animal Health Program and Provincial/Territorial requirements.
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