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2017-04-13 Food Safety Testing Bulletin

April 2017
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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 hazards, microbiological hazards, undeclared allergens, sulphites 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.

Chemical Residue Reports

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Glyphosate Testing 2015-2016

The CFIA tested 3,188 imported and domestic food products for glyphosate residues. Glyphosate is an herbicide that is used to kill weeds and it can also be used to dry grains and grain legumes before harvesting. The overall compliance rate with Canadian Maximum Residue Limits was 98.7 per cent. Survey results also showed that 70.3 per cent of samples did not contain any detectable residues. None of the samples of fruits and vegetables or children's food products were found to contain residue levels which exceeded limits. Health Canada determined that the levels of glyphosate observed are not expected to pose a concern to human health; therefore, no product recalls were required.

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


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