The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has provided updated guidance on the import of leafy green vegetables from the U.S. specifically from California and Arizona, due to previous outbreaks around foodborne illnesses.
CFIA will continue to allow the import of leafy green vegetables from the USA if the following criteria are followed:
- The importer clearly indicates the state of origin of the produce.
- Produce grown in California has been handled by a certified member of the California Leafy Green Vegetable Marketing Association (LGMA).
- Produce grown in Arizona has been handled by a shipper that is a certified member of the Arizona LGMA.
Imports not meeting these requirements may encounter delayed or denied entry into Canada.
Importers should note that under the California and Arizona LGMAs, leafy green vegetables are identified as iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, baby leaf lettuce (for example, immature lettuce or leafy greens), escarole, endive, spinach, cabbage, kale, arugula and chard. Radicchio is also included under the Arizona LGMA only.
Products not identified above are excluded from these new import requirements (for example, Bok Choy and other Asian greens).
For additional information and assistance, please contact your local Delmar Representative or our Canadian Customs Advisory Services team.