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Information concerning support for the continued supply of livestock feed during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020-06-18

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has developed temporary measures and conditions to help the animal feed industry continue to maintain the supply of feed to livestock and protect animal health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CFIA expects that regulated parties will continue to act responsibly during this period in order to minimize the effects and duration of any non-compliance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To the extent possible, regulated parties should document the nature and dates of non-compliance, how the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the non-compliance and the actions taken to prevent or minimize any risk associated with the non-compliance.

The CFIA has developed the following measures and conditions for feed manufacturers to support the continued supply of livestock feed.

In all cases, the temporary reformulation of feeds must:

In addition, registered feeds must be manufactured in the facility indicated at registration. The manufacturer must inform the customer if a reformulated complete feed has nutrients below the minimum levels listed in Table 4 of the Feeds Regulations.

Feed manufacturers are required to:

For livestock feeds manufactured in accordance with these temporary measures, CFIA feed inspectors will not issue Corrective Action Requests (CARs) where:

When these temporary measures are withdrawn, feed manufacturers will be required to:

The CFIA's long-standing enforcement and compliance policy has always been to respond to non-compliance with fairness, impartiality and transparency. The CFIA will continue to do so with the additional considerations raised by COVID-19 in mind. While all requirements of the regulations will continue to apply, the CFIA wishes to assure industry that it will exercise its enforcement discretion in a flexible manner and will take into account challenges faced by industry during this unprecedented time.

This notice is in effect until further notice and will be revisited as the COVID-19 situation evolves. If you have questions or for any other urgent concerns related to the current COVID-19 situation, please contact the CFIA's Animal Feed Division at cfia.afd-daa.acia@canada.ca.

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