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December 4, 2013 (Ottawa): The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) suspended the produce licence (# 7339) of SD Trading Ltd., effective December 2, 2013. SD Trading Ltd. is an importer of fresh produce located in Surrey, BC.
The license suspension is not a result of any food safety concerns. Rather, it is as a result of non-compliance with the Licensing and Arbitration Regulations. In particular, SD Trading Ltd. 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, SD Trading Ltd. may re-apply for issuance of a licence and some additional conditions would apply.
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.
Licences and registrations of federally registered establishments or companies can be suspended or cancelled for failing to comply with relevant CFIA Acts and Regulations.
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