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What to consider when shopping online for food, plants or animal products

It's important to know that the same health and safety requirements apply to online products as those sold in stores. Some products may not meet Canadian standards and could pose a risk to human, plant or animal health.

Avoid risky purchases

Know who you're buying from – is the product being sold by a reliable source? Check independent reviews of the seller and their products (not the reviews on the company's website).

Verify that the product is allowed to be sold in Canada. Check food, plant and animal import requirements.

Check if the product has been recalled in Canada for health or safety reasons.

If a deal sounds too good to be true, it may be:

If information about the product is unclear, contact the company and ask questions. If you are still not sure that the product meets Canadian standards, don't buy it.

Be aware before you buy!

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