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Les Entreprises Simon & Nolan inc. ordered to pay $20,000 fine for violating Food and Drugs Act

December 13, 2017, Ottawa: On November 14, 2017, at the Laval courthouse, Les Entreprises Simon & Nolan inc. pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the Food and Drugs Act. The company is based in Laval, Quebec.

The court ordered the confiscation and destruction of the affected products, and the company was ordered to pay total fines of $20,000.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) investigation determined that on or about December 9, 2014, the company sold extra virgin olive oil, 100% pure olive oil and 100% pure grapeseed oil in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive, or likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its nature, value, composition and merit. This is in violation of subsection 5(1) of the Food and Drugs Act. Another similar offence took place on or about February 15, 2016 involving extra virgin olive oil.

The CFIA verifies whether olive oils and other expensive vegetable oils meet compositional and labelling requirements in order to monitor their authenticity and detect product adulteration and substitution.

The CFIA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal legislation, acts and regulations, including the Food and Drugs Act.

The CFIA is dedicated to safeguarding food, animal, and plant health, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy.

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