Share and view ideas: Proposal to Amend the List of Maximum Residue Limits for Veterinary Drugs in Foods - Proposed MRL 2018-1

From Health Canada

Current status: CLOSED

We want your feedback on a proposal to amend the List of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Veterinary Drugs in Foods (the List). The Proposed MRL 2018-1 is open for consultation between March 8, 2018 and May 21, 2018.

At Health Canada's Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD), we work to ensure the safety of foods produced in Canada from food-producing animals that have been treated with veterinary drugs. VDD conducts scientific reviews of veterinary drugs before they are approved for sale in Canada. VDD also sets standards such as Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) in the tissues and food products from food producing animals. Foods containing veterinary drug residues up to the established MRL levels are safe for human consumption.

When we establish new MRLs or makes changes to existing MRLs, we notify the public before making changes to the List.

Join in: How to participate

Send us an email

Send an email with your comments related to scientific or safety issues of the proposed MRLs.

Goals of the consultation

The goal of the consultation is to get feedback on the Proposed MRL 2018-1.

After the consultation, any scientific or safety issues raised will be addressed by Health Canada before the MRLs are finalized. Then, a Final Notice to Amend the List of MRLs will be made publicly available on with the effective implementation date.

To comply with Canada's international trade obligations, consultation on the proposed MRLs is also being conducted internationally by notifying the World Trade Organization.

Key question for discussion

We are seeking your input on the Proposed MRL 2018-1.

  1. Do you have any scientific or safety concerns on the impact of proposed MRLs on consumer health?

Who is the focus of this consultation

The Government of Canada will engage with:

  • pharmaceutical companies
  • veterinary professionals
  • veterinary associations
  • food animal producers
  • other government departments
  • Canada's trading partners
  • other interested parties
  • general public

For more information

Contact us

Veterinary Drugs Directorate
Health Products and Foods Branch, Health Canada
Holland Cross Complex
11 Holland Avenue
Ground Floor, Suite 14
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

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