2016-01-22 Food Safety Testing Bulletin

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) priority is to protect consumers by safeguarding Canada's food supply. The Agency verifies that industry is meeting federal food safety requirements and conducts sampling and testing to detect food safety risks.

Monitoring the levels of chemical hazards, microbiological hazards, undeclared allergens, sulphites and gluten in the food supply helps the CFIA identify food safety hazards and develop risk management strategies to minimize potential risks to Canadians.

When non-compliance is found, the CFIA does not hesitate to take appropriate action. These actions may include notifying the manufacturer or importer, requesting a corrective action, additional inspections, conducting further directed sampling or product seizure and/or recall.

Allergen Reports

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Undeclared Allergens and Gluten in Soup (2012-2013)

A targeted survey tested 499 soup products for undeclared soy, egg, milk, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sesame and gluten. The majority of the samples were analyzed for more than one undeclared allergen and/or gluten. Some products contained more than one undeclared allergen or gluten source. A total of 22 products contained 26 positive results. Where undeclared allergens were found, the CFIA took appropriate follow up action, including four product recalls.

Chemical Residue Reports

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Food Colours in Selected Foods (2011-2012)

A targeted survey testing 1799 selected food products for food colours found that 97.8 per cent of products analysed were compliant with the List of Permitted Colouring Agents. Samples included ready-to-serve beverages, candy, savoury sauces, spices, fresh oranges, marmalades, coloured snacks/chips, orange juices, and wasabi products. Detectable levels of food colour(s) were found in all product types sampled. All violations identified in the survey were minor and/or technical in nature and were referred to the appropriate program for potential follow-up. No product recalls were required.

Microbiology Reports

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Salmonella, Shigella and Generic E. coli in Cantaloupes (2012-2013)

A targeted survey found 100 per cent of cantaloupe samples tested negative for the presence of Salmonella and Shigella. A total of 867 cantaloupe samples were analyzed. Levels of generic E. coli were found to be acceptable in all samples. As there was no risk to human health, no recalls were required as a result of this survey.

A complete list of the CFIA's food safety testing reports is available.


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