From Health Canada

Current status: Open

Opened on October 13, 2021 and will close to new input on December 27, 2021.

Health Canada is seeking comments on a proposal to amend the List of Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Veterinary Drugs in Foods (the List).

Health Canada's Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD):

  • ensures the safety of foods produced in Canada from food-producing animals treated with veterinary drugs
  • approves veterinary drugs for sale in Canada by conducting scientific reviews
  • sets standards such as MRLs in the tissues and food products from food-producing animals
    • foods containing veterinary drug residues up to the established MRL levels are safe for human consumption

The directorate conducts public consultations before Health Canada makes these changes to the List:

  • establishes new MRLs
  • updates current MRLs

To meet Canada's international trade obligations, Health Canada also notifies the World Trade Organization of the consultation on the proposed MRLs.

Join in: How to participate

Send us an email

Send an email with your comments related to scientific or safety issues of the proposed MRLs.

Who is the focus of this consultation

Health Canada's VDD will engage with:

  • industry
  • general public
  • food animal producers
  • veterinary associations
  • veterinary professionals
  • Canada's trading partners
  • other government departments

What happens after the consultation

Following the consultation, Health Canada will:

  • address any scientific or safety concerns before we complete the MRLs
  • send a final notice to amend the list of MRLs on with the effective implementation date

Related information

Contact us

Veterinary Drugs
Directorate Health Products and Foods Branch
Health Canada