Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a science-based regulator dedicated to protecting Canadians from preventable health risks related to food and zoonotic diseases.

We are a federal institution within the health portfolio that leads in mitigating risks to food safety by working with our partners in industry, consumers, and federal, provincial and municipal organizations.



Our services and information

Food recall warnings

A list of the most recent public advisories for high-risk food recalls.

Guidance document repository

CFIA's official Guidance Documents.

Travellers: What can I bring into Canada?

Information on what to declare when you bring any food, plants, animals and related products into Canada.

Importing and exporting

Information on obtaining permits, transportation directives, certifications, and protocols, etc.

Transforming the CFIA

Learn how Canada's world-class food safety system is being further enhanced by using innovative approaches, best practices and modern tools.

Date labelling on pre-packaged foods

Definitions of specific labelling terms to help you better understand what they mean.

How Canada's food safety system works

Find out more on how you can protect yourself and your family.

Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)

A tool that provides information on import requirements specific to your product(s).

Plant pests

A list of pests regulated by Canada including information on handling plant pests, surveillance data and plant protection policy directives.

Statement of rights and service for producers, consumers and other stakeholders

A clear, plain language explanation of the CFIA's commitments.

What we are doing


Importing or travelling with pets

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) establishes import requirements for all pets, animals and animal products entering Canada.

Understanding food labels

The food label is one of the most important and direct means of communicating product information between buyers and sellers.

Report a food safety or labelling concern

Responsibility for food safety is shared between the federal government and provincial health units.

Corporate information

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