CFIA Implements Temporary Import Requirement for Romaine Lettuce


OTTAWA — From 2016 to 2019, romaine lettuce from California was linked to outbreaks of E. coli illnesses in the U.S. and Canada. To minimize the health risk, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing temporary import conditions for romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley in California for the 2021 growing season.

Between Sept. 30, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021, importers from the U.S. must either provide proof that the romaine lettuce, or other product containing it, doesn’t come from counties in Salinas Valley (Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey) or present a certificate of analysis indicating it doesn’t have E. coli.

Similar conditions were implemented during last year’s season to add an extra level of control to the food safety measures already in place under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations Act (SFCA) and the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).

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