CFIA Suspends Licence of Gabrielli Distribution Inc.

Note: The company has not addressed the issues that led to the suspension of their produce licence. Furthermore, on August 31, 2013, their produce licence expired. In order to resume dealing in fresh produce, the company would have to re-apply for a produce licence.

June 20, 2013, Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) suspended the produce licence (#7379) of Gabrielli Distribution Inc., effective June 19, 2013. Gabrielli Distribution Inc. is a fresh fruit and vegetable importer and distributor located in Montreal, QC.

This suspension is a result of non-compliance with the Licensing and Arbitration Regulations. In particular, Gabrielli Distribution Inc. has consistently failed to settle outstanding debts and has conducted business in a manner inconsistent with fair and orderly business practices.

The licence has been suspended for 90 days; if the financial responsibilities are not addressed within the suspension period, the produce licence will be cancelled. Should financial settlement be reached, Gabrielli Distribution Inc. may re-apply for issuance of a licence and some additional conditions would apply.

The licence suspension is not a result of any food safety concerns.

The purpose of licensing under the Licensing and Arbitration Regulations is to ensure that fresh fruit and vegetable dealers (i.e. those that import and trade across provincial boundaries) are financially sound and have acceptable business practices. Fair trading practices within the fresh fruit and vegetable industry are particularly important due to the perishable nature of the product and a rapid trading environment.

The CFIA safeguards food, animals and plants which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy, and access to international markets. Licences and registrations of registered establishments or companies can be suspended or cancelled for failing to comply with relevant CFIA Acts and Regulations.

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