Low-Acid and Acidified Low-Acid Foods In Hermetically Sealed Containers – Visual Inspection Protocol
5.0 Wet, Stained or Damaged Cases

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5.1 Investigation

The inspector will examine the wet, stained or damaged cases and their containers in order to determine the reason the cases are wet, stained or damaged. Cases in close proximity to the wet, stained or damaged cases should also be closely examined to determine if they may be the source of the problem.

If the problem is due to:

a) swollen or leaking containers:
The inspection or reinspection shall be discontinued until such time that the lot has been evaluated to determine the cause. Proceed to section 7.0, Swollen or Leaking Containers.

b) physical damage to cases and/or containers (e.g. forklift), or other damage (e.g. water damage, leakage from another lot):
Suspend the inspection until the wet, stained or damaged cases are segregated from the lot by the legal agent.

If wet or stained cases are due to leaking containers from other lots of foods in close proximity to the lot, the lot which is the source of the problem must be identified and detained for further examination.

5.2 Sorting Of Wet, Stained Or Damaged Cases

If the legal agent chooses to sort the lot, they must ensure that the wet, stained or damaged cases are segregated from the rest of the lot. Proceed to section 5.3

If the legal agent does not sort the lot, the lot remains under detention and is not permitted for sale or distribution. The legal agent has two options:

  1. remove the imported lot from Canada with the approval of the government agency having jurisdiction;
  2. destroy the lot under the supervision of the government agency having jurisdiction.

5.3 Identification

The number and location of wet, stained or damaged cases segregated from the lot must be recorded. The legal agent must maintain control of these cases until a final decision on the lot has been taken by the regulatory agency having jurisdiction.

5.4 Inspection Of Containers From Wet, Stained Or Damaged Cases

The legal agent is responsible for examining the containers from the wet, stained or damaged cases. All containers showing evidence of stains or damage must be removed from the cases by the legal agent. The government agency having jurisdiction will examine all the segregated containers and if any serious defects, other than serious defects caused by physical damage, are noted, they shall be part of the official sample taken for inspection.

The good order containers from the wet, stained or damaged cases may be returned to the lot.

The affected containers from the wet stained or damaged cases must be kept under detention and disposed of under the supervision of the regulatory agency having jurisdiction.

Note: If the inspector confirms that the defect is due to physical damage and if the legal agent chooses not to remove the affected containers in the wet, stained or damaged cases, those cases shall be destroyed under the supervision of the regulatory agency having jurisdiction.

5.5 Good Order Cases

Proceed to section 4.4 to carry out an inspection on the containers in the good order cases.

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