STC Number - 297

Registration requirement for pet food export enterprises

Maintained by: Canada
Raised by: China
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2010 G/SPS/R/59, paras.17-18
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally.
Products covered: 2309 Preparations of a kind used in animal feeding.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Animal health; Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures; Food safety
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In June 2010, China referred to Canada's registration requirement for pet food export enterprises in China. In April 2008, China had sent a letter to Canada inviting a field inspection of Chinese pet food companies who intended to export to Canada. After receiving no reply, in April 2009 China sent a second letter requesting facilitation of the inspection process. Canada had replied to that letter stating that only those companies that had already corresponded with Canadian importers could be inspected due to limited financial resources. Although China had indicated that it was willing to bear the costs, Canada had still refused to accept China's request. China invited Canada to reconsider its request.
Canada reported that industries in both countries were interested in pet food exports, and that a new inspection plan was initiated earlier in the month. A list of 60 facilities were on the original list, and Canada had elected to start with 19 facilities that already held valid import permits. Canada was prepared to send several teams to simultaneously visit different facilities, and would continue its technical dialogue with China.