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2019-01-28 Food Safety Testing Bulletin

January 2019
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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 and microbiological hazards, undeclared allergens 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.

Microbiology Reports

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Bacterial Pathogens, Viruses and Parasites in Various Food Commodities (2016-2018)

The CFIA is conducting a number of ongoing targeted surveys to investigate the presence of bacterial pathogens, viruses and parasites in a variety of food commodities. Preliminary test results from these surveys are available in the interim report. As part of these surveys, a total of 6,632 samples were analysed and 98.8% of these samples were found to be satisfactory. The CFIA conducted appropriate follow-up activities resulting in facility inspections, additional sampling and/or product recalls. No illnesses were reported in association with any of the positive samples. Final reports will be provided in the future after the targeted surveys have been completed.

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


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