Canadian Regulatory Requirements for Quality Management Program Import Licence Holders (QMPI 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. CFIA's mandate is to safeguard Canada's food, animals, and plants and to protect public health.

The Fish Inspection Act requires 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.

3.2 Authorities

The authority for the control and inspection of fish is provided by:

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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