Brazil - Export requirements for fish and seafood
- Non-live, wild caught fin fish
- Non-live, wild caught molluscs
- Non-live, wild caught crustaceans except for shrimp
- Live, wild caught lobster
- All species of live and non-live wild caught shrimp
- Live aquaculture animals or aquaculture product
Canada is currently in negotiation with Brazil for export certification of cultured aquatic animals intended for human consumption.
Pre-export approvals by competent authority of importing country
- Processing establishments must appear on the list of Canadian establishments approved for export to Brazil (in Portuguese only). This list is now administered by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA).
- Exporters are advised to contact their CFIA area office if assistance is required to determine if an establishment is on the list.
- The CFIA must recommend the approval of the establishment for listing by MAPA. Please contact your local CFIA office to initiate the request and include the following information:
- CFIA establishment registration number
- company name of the establishment or the name of the company managing the factory and/or freezer vessel
- full address of the establishment
- establishment operation type:
- slaughter: AB
- processing: PC
- storage: ES
- product category:
- products in nature:
Products that were not subjected to any other conservation process, besides cooling or freezing.
- products not subjected to thermal treatment:
Products containing added ingredients and /or additives, which are not the main factors for conserving its microbiologic stability, needing, however, the preservation by cold to prevent natural product loss.
- products subjected to thermal treatment:
Products that undergo thermal treatment by heat, with the purpose of partial or total loss of the product's natural characteristics, and that may or may not need preservation by cold.
- products subjected to thermal treatment - cooking:
Products that undergo thermal treatment by low heat with the purpose of destroying microorganisms, and the inactivation of enzymes, occasionally present in the product, which may or may not need preservation by cold.
- products processed thermally – commercial sterilization:
Products that undergo a thermal treatment of higher intensity when compared to cooking, with the purpose of destroying pathogenic microorganisms, and the majority of spores occasionally present in the products.
- products with added inhibitors:
Products with added ingredients and/or additives, which are the main factors for conserving its microbiologic stability, and that may or may not need preservation by cold.
- products subjected to hydrolysis:
Products subjected to a break of the protein chain with the purpose of adding a water molecule to its structure.
- products consisting of different categories of meat products with or without added ingredients:
Products obtained from the combination of products of different categories, with or without the addition of other ingredients, and that may or may not need conservation by cold.
- products in nature:
- common name
- scientific name
- ways of attainment:
- aquaculture: AQ
- extractive or wild: EX
- factory boat: BF
- freezer boat: BC
- MAPA has implemented a new electronic system (in Portuguese only) for the product and label registration for animal origin food products. Paper forms are no longer acceptable. The new system should expedite the process for those products that already have identity and quality standards published.
- In order for an establishment to register using the electronic system it must first be approved and listed by MAPA (see establishment requirements).
- After the establishment is approved by MAPA, the company must sign a declaration letter, in English and Portuguese, indicating their legal representative. Please contact your local CFIA office to obtain a template of the declaration letter.
- Once the letter is prepared on the company's letterhead, it will be sent to the CFIA for a signature and stamp and returned to the company to upload it into MAPA's electronic system.
- For eviscerated wild finfish products (including fish oil):
Health Certificate for Fish and Fish Products for Wild Fisheries - For the Export of Eviscerated Finfish Products Intended for Human Consumption from Canada to Brazil (AQAH-1054)
- For uneviscerated wild finfish products:
Health Certificate for Fish and Fish Products for Wild Fisheries - For the Export of Uneviscerated Finfish Products Intended for Human Consumption from Canada to Brazil (AQAH-1055)
- For wild molluscs:
Health Certificate for Fish and Fish Products from Wild Fisheries – For the Export of Molluscs Intended for Human Consumption from Canada to Brazil (AQAH-1053)
- For wild crustaceans (non-shrimp):
Health Certificate for Fish and Fish Products from Wild Fisheries – For the Export of Crustaceans (except shrimp) Intended for Human Consumption from Canada to Brazil (AQAH-1020)
- For wild live crustaceans:
Health Certificate for Fish and Fish Products from Wild Fisheries – For the Export of Live Crustaceans (except shrimp) Intended for Human Consumption from Canada to Brazil (AQAH-1059)
- For live aquatic animals and aquaculture product:
Certification requirements have not been agreed upon for these products and specific requirements related to animal health may apply. Please contact your local CFIA Office for more information.
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