Well today – I’m going to focus on what foods you can and cant take into Canada.
Like when ever you are travelling from the UK, it’s always good to make sure you’re going to another country – without breaking any rules, regulations or Laws the moment you step into the country right? And lets face it, after an 8 hour flight, the last thing you need to start your holiday – is a royal telling off from the immigration authorities!
Here’s my most useful tip.. If you can, just don’t take any food items into Canada :)
This helpful line will help keep you stress free, and keep you from treading into a whole minefield of rules about what is and isn’t permitted.. Not only are the rules (for any country) a pain already to really get your head round – but the rules change depending on the different types of health scares that may be present in any country at any given time!

So – if you are going to take food – what can you actually take? The EU has a whole set of rules, but Canada is not in the EU – so these rules are different. Whatever you do, do not use the EU laws on moving foods around different countries in the EU like Spain or France – to decide on what you’re taking.
The best places to find out what you can or cannot take is at the following resource: http://www.pensez-y.gc.ca/english/brirape.shtml#a2.
You’ll probably notice the significant lack of Meat products on there.. basically the golden rule about things meat wise – is just do not take them!
For example, you can take Vegetable Suet, but do not take Beef Suet.

All food, plants, animals, and related products must be declared. Food can carry disease, such as E. coli. Plants and plant products can carry invasive alien species, such as the Asian Long-Horned Beetle. Animals and animal products can carry diseases, such as avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease. Furthermore, certain species of plants and animals are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and their trade is carefully controlled. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada regulates the import of certain food, plants, animals and related products to and from Canada.

Based on emerging threats, the import requirements for food, plants, animals and related products are subject to change on a daily basis. To determine the most up-to-date import requirements for these items, refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) at www.inspection.gc.ca. AIRS is an automated reference tool that will lead you through a series of questions about the food, plant, animal or related product you wish to import to determine the applicable regulations, policies and import requirements.

Here’s the direct copy of the regulations on the page as it is as of time of me writing up this article – HOWEVER ALWAYS CHECK WITH THE LINK ABOVE AS THIS ARTICLE RARELY GETS UPDATED, USE THIS AS A ROUGH GUIDELINE BEFORE CHECKING THE LINK ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Products allowed into Canada from countries
other than the United States

This is a list of commonly imported products and the guidelines for importing them from countries other than the United States. Because pest and disease situations are constantly changing, these requirements may be adjusted at any time.

Even though these items are allowed into Canada, you still must declare them on your declaration form.

Some items do need documents to accompany them. For more information, go to the “When are documents required?” section.

Baked goods, candies, etc.

  • no goods containing meat
  • up to 20 kilograms per person

Dairy products

  • cheese:
    • up to 20 kilograms per person with a value of $20 or less

These items are not allowed

  • milk
  • milk products (whey, cream, skim milk, butter oil, and so on)
  • in these forms: dried, frozen, reconsituted, or fresh

Fish and seafood

  • up to 20 kilograms per person
  • all species except
    • pufferfish
    • Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis)

Flowers: cut

  • not coniferous foliage/green cones
  • must not be for propagation

There may be some restrictions depending on the type of flowers and where they come from. Use the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to confirm if a specific item is allowed.

Fruits and vegetables: dried

  • up to 20 kilograms per person

Fruits and vegetables: frozen or canned

  • up to 20 kilograms per person

Fruits and vegetables: fresh

  • depending on the country of origin, entry may be severely restricted or prohibited

When products are permitted, there is a maximum limit of

  • 15 packages or fewer
  • weight not to exceed 250 kilograms per person
  • may be subject to regulations in the province of destination

Root vegetables (for example, carrots, potatoes and so on)

  • restricted
  • must be 1.5 centimetres or less in thickness

Herbs, spices, tea, coffee, condiments

  • entry permitted

Infant formula

  • commercially packaged
  • for personal use only
  • sterile
  • up to 20 kilograms per person

Leather goods and skins

  • fully tanned hides and skins only

Sea shells and sand

  • sea shells and items made from them are allowed
  • must be clean and free of sea life, soil and sand

You are not allowed to import sand.

Vegetables: fresh

See “Fruits and vegetables”. Use the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) to confirm if the item is allowed before bringing it into Canada.

Wooden souvenirs

  • must be free of bark, insects or evidence of insect activity

For more detailed information, you can review the import requirements for specific products using the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Automated Import Reference System (AIRS). By following the appropriate prompts, you will be able to determine current requirements based on the type of product you want to bring with you.

So there ya go! I’d always advise though – to avoid all this stuff above? just don’t take any food — All the food is better in Canada than in the UK anyway! ;)