2017-07-19 Food Safety Testing Bulletin
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.
Each year, under the National Microbiological Monitoring Program (NMMP), the CFIA tests a broad range of domestic and imported food products in Canada for the presence of microbial hazards. This testing covers red meat and poultry products, shell eggs and egg products, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, and processed fruit and vegetable products. Test results from foods tested under the NMMP during the 2013-14 fiscal year are summarized in the 2013-2014 NMMP Annual Report. These results indicated that 99.3 per cent of all food products tested during this fiscal year were compliant with Canadian standards, with 99.6 per cent of domestic products and 98.4 per cent of imported products being compliant.
A complete list of the CFIA's food safety testing reports is available.
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