2019-08-07 Food Safety Testing Bulletin
One of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) top priorities 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 CFIA identify food safety hazards and develop risk management strategies to minimize potential risks to Canadians.
When non-compliance is found, CFIA takes 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.
In a targeted survey of 299 samples of cumin and paprika, 57 samples were found to contain undeclared gluten and/or peanut. CFIA took appropriate follow-up actions on all positive samples which resulted in a product recall of 1 gluten-containing product which exceeded allowable limits and was determined to represent a health risk to consumers.
A targeted survey analyzed 598 samples of frozen desserts for undeclared allergens and gluten. 10 of the samples tested were found to contain undeclared allergens and gluten. Only 2 of the positive samples were determined to represent a health risk. CFIA took appropriate follow-up actions which resulted in recalls.
A complete list of the CFIA's food safety testing reports is available.
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