NEWS: EU proposed initiative on standards for imported agricultural products

News from AAFC Market Access Secretariat

This post is to inform you that the European Commission (DG AGRI) has launched a “call for evidence” process to solicit input towards a planned report to the European Parliament and Council on Imports of agricultural and food products – applying EU health and environmental standards.

The objective of the report is to contribute to a debate on the application to imports of certain production standards.  The report is not expected to announce any new initiatives or political commitments but ​will inform future agriculture and food trade policy in the context of the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) and the EU Trade Policy Review.  While the report will focus primarily on environmental and health regulations, the scope will be broad and may include themes such as animal welfare standards and Production and Processing Methods (PPMs), the impact of agricultural production on deforestation, and/or pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs)​.

Please use the link below to obtain further information on this initiative​. The same link will also direct you to the public consultation forum where you will be able to directly share your general views on the matter and inform the Commission of your respective positions.

To ensure they understand the opinion of Canadian industry, you are invited to send comments and/or concerns by February 28th, 2022, to the Market Access Secretariat at