Canada: Possible adoption of a licensing regime for food imports
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is considering adoption of a licensing regime that would apply to all importers of food products or food ingredients in the non-federally registered sector (NFRS). Under this regulatory proposal, the CFIA intends to introduce import controls for most Non Federally Registered Sector (NFRS) products. The new import licenses would be in addition to all import licensees and regulatory requirements already in place.
The CFIA is proposing establishment of minimum food safety and labeling requirements for all imported foods, or food ingredients, and license requirements for anyone importing such foods. The proposal would apply to agricultural products that are intended for use as food, or as an ingredient for food. The proposal would institute new licensing requirements, and new recall procedures, including recordkeeping and notification requirements.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?||Don't know|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?||Don't Know|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?||Don't Know|
|Was such evidence identified?||Don't Know|
|Is such evidence publicly available?||Don't Know|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?||Don't Know|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?||Don't Know|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?||Don't Know|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?||Don't Know|
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GTA Evaluation: Amber
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