Notice to Industry: Information for Importers of Food Products
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Ottawa, April 3, 2014: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding food importers and brokers that they are responsible for ensuring that any food imported into Canada for sale is safe and meets Canadian requirements and regulations.
All food products sold in Canada, whether domestic or imported, must comply with the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations, and any other applicable acts and regulations.
Foods legally sold in some countries may not meet Canadian requirements. In some instances, manufacturers may have specific formulations that meet Canadian regulatory requirements. It is the responsibility of the importer/broker to ensure that the products they are importing are compliant.
To assist importers and brokers in fulfilling their regulatory obligations, the following tools are available on CFIA's website:
- Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)
- Guide to Importing Food Products Commercially
- Programs and Services for Commercial Importers
- Good Importing Practices for Food
- Food Labelling and Advertising
Contact for Importers
National Import Service Centre
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Eastern time)
Telephone and EDI: 1-800-835-4486 (Canada or USA)
1-289-247-4099 (local calls and all other countries)
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