Initial Screening Tool
In general, an Imported Food Sector (IFS) product:
- meets the definition of 'agricultural product' in the Canada Agricultural Products Act (CAPA);
- is intended as food for human consumption or as an ingredient in food;
- originated in a country other than Canada; and
- is not regulated under the following federal food commodity-specific legislation:
- The Meat Inspection Act and Regulations
- The Fish Inspection Act and Regulations
- The following regulations under the CAPA:
- Dairy Products Regulations
- Egg Regulations
- Processed Egg Regulations
- Honey Regulations
- Maple Products Regulations
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations
- Processed Products Regulations
An 'agricultural product' is defined in the CAPA as:
- an animal, a plant or an animal or plant product, or
- a product, including any food or drink, wholly or partly derived from an animal or a plant.
Decision Tree 1 uses general questions to determine whether a food product is, or may be, an IFS product.
If the result of Decision Tree 1 is that the food product may be an IFS product, further analysis using one of the food commodity-specific decision trees is required.
Decision Tree 1: Initial IFS Product Screening Tool