New Import Requirements – Romaine Lettuce from the US

blog | Sep 23, 2022

New Import Requirements – Romaine Lettuce from the US

From September 28, 2022 to December 22, 2022, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will be adding temporary conditions to Safe Food for Canadians (SFC) licences for the importation of romaine lettuce from the US, including salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.  

During this period, importers will be required to provide negative E. coli O157 test results for each shipment of romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley, California.  

Requirements at time of import  

  • Importers must provide a Proof of Origin indicating the state and county where the romaine lettuce was harvested if the romaine lettuce is from outside of the California counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey. 
  • Romaine lettuce and/or salad mixes containing romaine lettuce from the California counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey must be accompanied by an attestation form indicating that sampling was conducted according to the temporary SFC licence conditions and by the Certificate of Analysis demonstrating that the product does not contain detectable levels of E. coli O157:H7.  
  • If a Proof of Origin of the romaine lettuce is not available, the attestation and Certificate of Analysis must be provided. 
  • Romaine lettuce grown in California must be handled by a certified member of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). 
  • Romaine lettuce grown in Arizona must be handled by a shipper that is a certified member of the Arizona LGMA.  

For more information, please consult the following Canadian Food Inspection Agency link: Temporary import requirements for romaine lettuce from the United States (2022). 


For additional information and assistance, please contact your local Delmar Representative.