Importing Pet Food into Canada for Commercial Sale
The CFIA has primary responsibility for the regulation of pet food imports into Canada. Their role includes working with other governments to verify that imported food products, including pet food, meet Canadian laws.
Products that do not meet regulatory requirements will be refused entry into Canada. Importers must comply with all regulations regarding pet food. If you are a pet food manufacturer looking for more information about importing to Canada, please review the policy.
Additionally, pet food sold in Canada the provisions of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. (See Guide)
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the importation of foods manufactured in the United States. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) prescribes safe production standards to which manufacturers must comply.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) also inspects American pet food facilities for compliance with Canada’s import rules. Additionally, all pet food manufactured in the United States must meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ (AAFCO) regulations for pet food.
Members of the Pet Food Association of Canada (PFAC) that import pet food sold in Canada are:
- Hill’s Pet Nutrition Canada Inc.
- Mars Canada Inc.
- Nestle Purina Petcare
- Rolf C. Hagen
- Royal Canin Canada
- Simmons Pet Food Inc.
- Smucker Foods of Canada
- WellPet LLC
Bringing Pet Food into Canada for Personal Use
If you are planning to visit Canada, please note the import conditions for bringing pet food into Canada. If your pet is on a special diet, you may wish to consult with your veterinarian about the availability of the diet in Canada in advance of travelling.
If you are planning to visit the United States and you are bringing your pet with you, you may bring pet food for personal use during your stay. The conditions under which this is permitted are found on the USDA Website.
For information about PFAC membership, visit our PFAC Membership section.