CFIA – Regulatory Updates: Additional Import Controls in Place for Food Products from Japan – April 7, 2011

April 7, 2011 By

Additional import controls in place for food products from Japan

OTTAWA, March 23, 2011 : The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Health Canada, is implementing enhanced import controls on milk products, fruits, and vegetables from areas of Japan affected by the ongoing nuclear crisis (Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, and Tochigi).

These products will not be allowed entry into Canada without acceptable documentation verifying their safety. Any potentially contaminated products will be disposed of in accordance with protocols from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Testing for Radiation in Domestic and Imported Food

As part of the Government of Canada’s response to the nuclear crisis in Japan, which includes radiation surveillance and monitoring activities across Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has initiated a sampling and testing strategy for imported products from Japan and domestically produced milk from British Columbia. Additional products may be assessed in the future as the situation evolves and circumstances warrant.