The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued the following email notice concerning the inspection of imported meat shipments from Australia and New Zealand:

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Subject: Reduced inspection frequencies for meat imported from Australia and New Zealand.

Date sent: Mon, 2 Nov 2020

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has reduced the frequency of inspection of imported meat shipments from Australia and New Zealand, two countries with good compliance rates for meat imported into Canada.

Meat shipments imported from these countries are now subject to a 10% random inspection frequency at the time of importation. Meat shipments identified as not requiring inspection, also referred to as “skip lots”, may be transported directly to an importer’s warehouse or final destination upon entry into Canada.

As of November 4, 2020, importers and brokers of meat and meat products from Australia and New Zealand can use the CFIA Automated Shipment Inspection Status Search Tool (ASISST) to find out if their meat shipment requires CFIA inspection.

This inspection decision will be available via ASISST only after a shipment has cleared Canadian customs and you received notification from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).