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Comment on: Proposed changes to how much food individuals can bring into Canada

Current status: Open

Opened on February 6, 2020 and will close to new input on March 4, 2020

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing changes to how much food individuals can bring with them into Canada. The objective of the proposed changes is to set personal limits that better reflect the weight/volume of foods typically moved by travellers for their personal use.

The proposed changes include new limits for certain food categories. The Government is looking for feedback on all of the proposed limits for each food. Review the proposed changes to the Maximum quantity limits for personal use exemption.

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Send an email to cfia.foodreg-regaliments.acia@canada.ca with your ideas or comments to make yourself heard.

Who is the focus of this consultation

The Government wants to hear from:

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Director, Food Program Integration Division
Food Safety and Consumer Protection Directorate
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road, Tower 1, Floor 6
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0Y9

Email: cfia.foodreg-regaliments.acia@canada.ca

Fax: 613-773-5695

Annex 1 – Proposed changes to the table of of maximum quantity limits for personal use exemption
Item Category of food Pre-SFCR limits Current maximum quantity per person under SFCR New proposed maximum quantity per person under SFCR
1 Dairy products
(other than milk and cream under 6% fat content)
Cheese, butter, buttermilk, butter oil, ghee, whey, whey butter, whey cream, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, casein, kishek (kask), etc.
20 kg or 20 L for all dairy products combined 20 kg or 20 L for all dairy products combined 20 kg or 20 L
2 Milk and cream
neither concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter, of a fat content, by weight, not exceeding 6 per cent
20 kg or 20 L for all dairy products combined 20 kg or 20 L for all dairy products combined 20 L
3 Eggs 30 dozen For import: 30 dozen
For export: 720 dozen
30 dozen
4 Fish and seafood No limit 20 kg 50 kg
5 Dry fish No limit 20 kg 20 kg
6 Fresh fruits 250 kg in not more than 15 containers total under the category Fresh Fruits and Vegetables 20 kg total under the category Fresh Fruits and vegetables 20 kg
7 Fresh vegetables 250 kg in not more than 15 containers total under the category Fresh Fruits and Vegetables 20 kg total under the category Fresh Fruits and vegetables 20 kg
8 Honey 20 kg 20 kg 20 kg or 20 L
9 Maple syrup 100 L 20 L 20 L
10 Maple products
(other than maple syrup)
25 kg 4 kg 4 kg
11 Meat products
(other than chicken, turkey, beef/veal or pork; and, other than a carcass or a part of a carcass of a food animal that was hunted for personal use under an authorization issued by a competent authority; include composite meat products)
20 kg all meat products combined 20 kg all meat products combined 20 kg
12 Chicken: whole or chicken parts 20 kg all meat products combined 20 kg all meat products combined 10 kg combined
13 Turkey or turkey parts 20 kg all meat products combined 20 kg all meat products combined 10 kg of turkey parts or one (1) whole turkey of any size
14 Beef or veal 20 kg all meat products combined 20 kg all meat products combined 10 kg
15 Pork 20 kg all meat products combined 20 kg all meat products combined 10 kg
16 Processed egg products 20 kg or 20 L 20 kg or 20 L 20 kg or 20 L
17 Processed fruit products 20 kg or 20 L under the category Processed fruit or vegetable products 20 kg or 20 L under the category Processed fruit or vegetable products 20 kg or 20 L
18 Processed vegetable products 20 kg or 20 L under the category Processed fruit or vegetable products 20 kg or 20 L under the category Processed fruit or vegetable products 20 kg or 20 L
19 Non-alcoholic beverages
(combined: juice, Gatorade, Kool aid, sparkling water, flavoured water, etc.)
No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 50 L
20 Water (commercially purchased, non-sparkling) No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 100 L
No limit on tap water (refilled containers)
21 Confectionary, sweeteners, snack foods No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg or 20 L
22 Bread, pastry, cakes, fruit pies, biscuits and baked goods No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg
23 Multiple-ingredients foods
protein drinks, sports nutrition, prepared vegan meals, sandwiches, Formulated liquid diets, meal replacements
No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg or 20 L
24 Infant foods No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg or 20 L
25 Fats No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg or 20 L
26 Oils No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 50 L
27 Grain derived foods
Processed breakfast cereals, oatmeal, cereal bars, instant breakfasts
No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg or 20 L
28 Dried products
Spices, herbs, flavours, dried fruits and vegetables, cinnamon sticks, processed nuts (salted, dried).
No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg or 20 L
29 Condiments, dressings No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg or 20 L
30 Nuts, grains, seeds No limit N/A was included under the category "All other food not mentioned above" 20 kg or 20 L
31 All other food not mentioned above No limit 20 kg or 20 L 20 kg or 20 L
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