New program supports Canadian canary seed exports to Mexico

June 18, 2015, Ottawa, ON: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a pilot program that allows for export certification of canary seed shipments to Mexico, even if low levels of regulated weeds seeds are detected prior to export.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a pilot program certifying canary seed grain shipments to Mexico. This program formalizes an understanding between Canada and Mexico that shipments of bulk Canadian canary seed grain may contain trace amounts of weed seeds but at thresholds that still meet Mexican phytosanitary import requirements. This bilateral program ensures that Canadian exports of canary seed are compliant with Mexico's import tolerance for regulated weed seeds, while maintaining market access for Canada's grain exporters.

Program requirements to export canary seed to Mexico are available on the CFIA website.

The bilateral pilot program will be reviewed after its first year. It was designed by the CFIA in cooperation with Mexico's national plant protection organization, Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA), and in close consultation with Canadian processors, exporters and crop industry associations.

For more information about this program, please contact the CFIA Grains and Oilseeds section.

Date modified: