Industry Information Session: Implementation of the 2011 Health Canada "Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods"
Topic 9: CFIA Oversight and Verification

CFIA Oversight

  • Verification of industry's compliance with applicable Acts and Regulations
  • Assessment of GMPs at RTE fresh-cut and processed fruit and vegetable establishments
  • Product testing of domestic and imported RTE fresh-cut and processed fruit and vegetables for the detection of Lm

CFIA Verification

(Section 6.2.1 and 6.2.2 of the Listeria Policy)

  • Conduct on-site inspections in order to verify Listeria controls and corrective actions
  • Assess Listeria controls of foreign suppliers at the importer
  • Collect end-product and/or environmental samples
  • Detain and/or recall of affected product, as applicable

CFIA Verification

(Section of the Listeria Policy)

Focus of CFIA's On-Site Inspection

  • Production procedures (e.g., GMPs/HACCP Program)
  • Process controls
  • Deviation and corrective action procedures
  • Equipment design, ventilation and packaging material
  • Sanitation practices
  • Employee hygiene practices
  • Process flow (product/personnel)
  • Post-process handling, storage and distribution
  • Product traceability

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