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FDA – Canada Sanitary Control of Shellfish Industry: Memorandum of Agreement


In order to improve the sanitary practice prevailing the shellfish industries of Canada and the United States, it is agreed as follows:

  1. "Whatever manual of recommended Practice for sanitary control of the shellfish industry is approved by both the United States Public Health Service and the Canadian Department of National Health and Welfare, will be regarded as setting forth the sanitary principles that will govern the certification of shellfish shippers. 
  2. The degree of compliance with those principles obtained by the State authorities of the United States will be reported to the Canadian Department of National Health and Welfare by the United States Public Health Service, and the degree of compliance obtained by the Provincial and other competent authorities in Canada will be reported by the Canadian Department of National Health and Welfare to the United States Public Health Service. 
  3. Whenever inspections of shellfish handling facilities or of shellfish growing areas are desired by either party to this Agreement, the other party will endeavor to facilitate such inspections. 
  4. This Agreement may be terminated by either party giving thirty days' notice."

"The Secretary of State presents his compliments to His Excellency the Ambassador of Canada and has the honor to refer to his note No. 106 of March 4, 1948 proposing that an agreement be entered into between the Governments of the United States of America and Canada in the following terms:


"The Memorandum of Agreement as set forth above is acceptable to the Government of the United States of America. As proposed in His Excellency's note, therefore, that note and the present reply are regarded as constituting an agreement between the two Governments, effective on the date of the present note."

"Department of State, Washington, April 30, 1948."


"No. 106

" The Canadian Ambassador presents his compliments to the Secretary of State and, on the instructions of his Government, has the honor to inform him that in order to improve sanitary practices in the shellfish industries of Canada and the United States and to facilitate the exchange of information with reference to endorsement of shellfish certifications, the Canadian Department of National Health and Welfare and the United States Public Health Service have agreed on the desirability of an Agreement being concluded on the points and in the terms set forth in the annexed memorandum.

"If such an agreement is acceptable to the United States Government, it is the proposal of the Canadian Government that this Note and its Annex together with a reply agreeing thereto, constitute an Agreement between the two Governments effective from the date of the reply from the United States authorities."

"Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C."


Sanitary Control of Shellfish Industry
(FDA Agreement Number 225-75- 2021)
(Previously CPG 7156a.03)

The FDA contact for this MOU is Phil Spiller, HFS-400
Tel. No. 202-418-3133
This MOU is in effect indefinitely.
Canadian Dept. Of National Health and Welfare is now Health Canada

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