CFIA Suspends Operations at Establishment 2425, St. Thomas Fish Market Inc.

March 19, 2013, Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) suspended the license to operate of Establishment 2425, St. Thomas Fish Market Inc., in St-Thomas-De-Kent, New Brunswick, on March 18, 2013.

The CFIA has determined that appropriate food safety controls related to the company's canning processes are not being reliably implemented in the facility on a consistent basis. The company has failed to correct these deficiencies which were identified through CFIA inspections.

On March 15, 2013 the CFIA issued a recall notice advising the public not to eat certain St. Thomas brand bottled bar clams as it was determined that they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulimum. The company has voluntarily recalled all affected products. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

All products currently at this plant are under CFIA detention. St. Thomas Fish Market Inc. will not be able to resume operations until they have fully implemented the necessary corrective actions.

Food safety is the CFIA's top priority and the Agency is working diligently to protect consumers from potential risks in the food supply. Additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

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