Sanitary Requirements for Export of Pet Food to Costa Rica
HA2819 (Amended 2016-07-28)

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  1. The product is available for sale in Canada.
  2. The product has been manufactured in plants supervised by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  3. The product has been manufactured and packaged following good manufacturing practices, sufficient to render it microbiologically stable.
  4. Pet food (dry, semi moist, and dehydrated) has been heat treated to a minimum internal temperature of 70°C. Canned pet food products have been treated in hermetically sealed containers with an Fo of 3.0 or more.
  5. Finished products (except for product in hermetically sealed containers) were processed to assure the destruction of harmful pathogens. Precautions have been taken to avoid contamination of the product with pathogenic agents after heat treatment.
  6. Specified risk materials: brains, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, tonsils, dorsal root ganglia, skull, and spinal cord from cattle over 30 months of age, and the distal ileum from cattle of all ages are not used in the manufacture of pet food.
  7. Precautions have been taken during processing and storage of pet food products to prevent any commingling or cross-contamination with prohibited ruminant-origin materials.
  8. Pet food contains no ruminant origin ingredients except (include as applicable) 1) dairy; 2) protein free tallow with a maximum level of insoluble impurities of 0.15% in weight; 3) ovine or bovine (specify) ingredients legally imported from Australia, New Zealand, or other countries (list as applicable) recognized as free of scrapie and negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy; 4) bovine ingredients do not contain specific BSE risk materials.
  9. No non-ambulatory cattle or animals with nervous symptoms were used to manufacture meat and bone meal.
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