Advisory –; Enhanced Surveillance on Certain Fresh Produce from the European Union
OTTAWA, June 3, 2011: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), will be implementing enhanced controls on cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes from the European Union due to current E. coli outbreak in Europe.
There is no indication that any contaminated product has been shipped to Canada. In fact, the amount of fresh product imported from European countries account for less than one per cent of fresh product entering Canada.
However, as a safety precaution, incoming shipments from the European Union will be identified and the CFIA will intensify sampling and testing of these products for the presence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, the E. coli strain linked to the outbreak in Europe.
The CFIA will continue to work closely with the European Union, as well as other trading partners and international organizations. As German government officials are still investigating the cause of the E. coli outbreak in Europe, these measures will be adjusted, as warranted, to ensure the Canadian food supply remains protected.
The CFIA's enhanced surveillance controls will add an additional safeguard to Canada's existing import controls. CFIA maintains rigorous controls and tracking systems for imported food.
For more information on E. coli, please see the CFIA website at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/ecolie.shtml
Consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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