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Canada announces details for fall 2020 import requirements for US romaine lettuce

On September 13, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released details for the reimplementation of additional import requirements pertaining to romaine lettuce and products containing
fresh romaine lettuce from the United States. CFIA has updated the 2020 requirements to include a preharvest testing option. The additional import requirements will be in effect from September 30 until December 31, 2021.

The 2020 requirements were in effect from October 7, 2020, through December 31, 2020. Canada states that the requirements are being implemented once again as a result of recurrent E. coli outbreaks associated with these products in recent years.

The conditions to satisfy the Proof of Origin are:

  • must be on the exporter’s official company letterhead,
  • must include the state and county where the lettuce was harvested,
  • and must include the signature of the exporter and date of signing.

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