CFIA considers limiting amount of food Canadians can import

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is considering making changes to how much food individuals can bring into Canada.

The federal government has limitations related to importing plants and animals which are in place to protect Canadians from foreign diseases such as African swine fever and Foot and Mouth Disease, as well as invasive species.

Currently, Canadians can import food, up to a certain limit, for their own personal consumption provided there are no restrictions in place under other federal legislation, such as the Health of Animals and Plant Protection Acts.

The new restrictions which could be put in place would reduce the volume of food travellers can bring with them across the border.

“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants to help ensure that food in Canada is safe without delaying or unnecessarily restricting travellers carrying food for personal use,” Siddika Mithani, president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said in a news release.

“We want Canadians to participate in this consultation and to tell us what they think of the proposed new limits,” she continued.

The deadly Coronavirus has jolted the authorities out of their complacency and are going to be a lot more vigilant about what food is being brought into the country given the risks involved can be devastating. -CINEWS

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