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On July 20, 2023 the CFIA announced the 2023 Import requirements for romaine lettuce and products containing romaine lettuce from the United States. This year the temporary import requirements are the same as last year.
Romaine lettuce imported from the U.S. have been linked to multiple outbreaks of foodborne E.coli illnesses. CFIA has worked jointly with U.S authorities to identify the source of these outbreaks and to protect Canadians, annually implements temporary Safe Foods for Canadian (SFC) license conditions to mitigate the risk of exposure to this illness.
Complete details on the SFC license conditions and other existing import requirements are outlined here:
Affected Commodities: Shipments of fresh romaine lettuce, salad mixes, and other products containing romaine which originate in the US.
Imported from the U.S. between: September 28 and December 20, 2023
For romaine and romaine products from the Salinas Valley of California (counties: Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey:
For romaine and romaine products from outside the Salinas Valley of California:
These requirements are in addition to the standard import requirements for vegetables and leafy greens. Existing import requirements for all leafy greens are:
As a valued client of PCB, you receive the benefit of our proactive release process which will ensure your imports are declared with the additional requirements listed above:
Please reach out to your account manager with any questions you may have about these new requirements at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 604.538.1566. We are here for you always.