Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990

Version of section 3 from 2011-10-27 to 2014-06-12:

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (1.1), sections 7 to 9 of the Act do not apply in respect of

    • (a) a shipment of meat products weighing 20 kg or less that is intended to be used for non-commercial purposes;

    • (b) a shipment of meat products that is part of an immigrant’s or emigrant’s effects;

    • (c) a meat product derived from a marine mammal;

    • (d) a prepared pet food;

    • (d.1) feed, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Feeds Regulations, 1983;

    • (e) a meat product carried on any vessel, train, motor vehicle, aircraft or other means of transportation for use as food for the crew or passengers thereof;

    • (f) a carcass of a game animal, or a part of a carcass of a game animal, including the carcass or part of the carcass of the animal that is considered to be a game animal in another country, that is to be used for non-commercial purposes;

    • (g) gelatin, bone meal, collagen casing, hydrolyzed animal protein, monoglyceride, diglyceride, fatty acid and the products resulting from the rendering of inedible meat products;

    • (h) a meat product, the total amount of which does not weigh more than 100 kg, destined and used for analysis, evaluation, testing, research or an international food exhibition;

    • (i) a food in which the meat product is of insignificant quantity having regard to the nature of the food and the nature of the meat product therein;

    • (j) animal skins not intended for use as human or animal food, hooves, horns, antlers, feathers, hair, wool and pharmaceuticals containing products of animal origin; and

    • (k) a meat product that is destined for inedible rendering; and

    • (l) a food that meets the following specifications, namely,

      • (i) the food is a mixture of a fish product and a meat product,

      • (ii) the food is commonly recognized as a fish product, having regard to

        • (A) the relative proportions and type of the fish and meat ingredients present in the food,

        • (B) the common name of the food,

        • (C) the type of processing applied to the fish and meat ingredients, and

        • (D) the historical recognition of the food as a fish product,

      • (iii) the food is processed in an establishment registered in accordance with the Fish Inspection Regulations or has been imported into Canada in compliance with those Regulations, and

      • (iv) the meat product used in the preparation of the food originates from an establishment registered in accordance with these Regulations or a foreign establishment authorized to export meat products to Canada in accordance with these Regulations.

  • (1.1) The exemption established in paragraph (1)(i) does not apply to a food that is, that contains or that is derived from specified risk material in any form that originated in a country, or a part of a country, other than a country or part of a country that is designated under section 7 of the Health of Animals Regulations as posing a negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.

  • (2) Section 7 of the Act does not apply to a meat product in respect of which a notice for removal has been given to an importer in accordance with subsection 18(1) of the Act.

  • (3) Section 8 of the Act does not apply in respect of the following meat products:

    • (a) a meat product transported by a person for non-commercial purposes;

    • (b) a meat product that is identified for use as animal food or for medicinal purposes and used for animal food or for medicinal purposes;

    • (c) [Repealed, SOR/94-683, s. 4]

    • (d) a meat product that is produced in a federal penitentiary and sent or conveyed to another federal penitentiary;

    • (e) a meat product derived from a muskox, caribou or reindeer that has not been kept in captivity, if the meat product is edible; and

    • (f) an imported meat product that is being delivered to a registered establishment for inspection as required by the Act or these Regulations.

  • (4) Subsection 9(1) of the Act does not apply in respect of a meat product that has been exported from Canada and is thereafter imported into Canada in the state in which it was exported.

  • (5) Subject to subsection (6), for the purpose of implementing the Agreement as defined in section 2 of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, section 8 and subsection 9(2) of the Act do not apply in respect of a meat product that is

    • (a) imported into Canada from the United States, as defined in section 2 of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act; and

    • (b) certified, by a veterinarian who is empowered by the United States Department of Agriculture to enforce the national meat inspection legislation of the United States, as being a product of that country and as meeting the standards set out in these Regulations and as being packaged and labelled in accordance with these Regulations.

  • (6) Spot checks or similar verifying measures, including any such measures conducted at the border and including any unloading requirements, may be conducted in respect of a meat product that is imported into Canada from the United States by an inspector, at facilities designated by the Director.

  • (7) Subject to subsections (8) and (9), section 9 of the Act does not apply in respect of a meat product that is imported from the United States onto the Akwesasne Reserve for use by an Akwesasne resident.

  • (8) Subsection (7) does not apply in respect of a meat product that is imported into Canada from another country through the United States.

  • (9) For the purpose of subsection (7), Akwesasne resident means an individual who has established permanent residence on the Akwesasne Reserve.

  • SOR/91-446, s. 1;
  • SOR/92-2, s. 1;
  • SOR/92-292, s. 2;
  • SOR/93-160, s. 2;
  • SOR/94-683, s. 4;
  • SOR/2001-167, s. 2;
  • SOR/2002-436, s. 1;
  • SOR/2003-6, s. 82;
  • SOR/2004-280, s. 3;
  • SOR/2005-163, s. 1;
  • SOR/2006-147, s. 30;
  • SOR/2011-234, s. 2.
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