CFIA details latest licence incidents

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the licence of one firm and reinstated another under increased scrutiny in separate cases.

The CFIA suspended the registration of Establishment 90, Can-Pacific Farms in Surrey, British Columbia yesterday due to non-compliance with the Processed Products Regulations (PPR).

Meanwhile, the licence of Establishment 287, St.Ann’s Foods was allowed to resume operations after suspension in early February.

Can-Pacific Farms suspension

In the case of Can-Pacific Farms the CFIA said the seasonal producer of frozen blueberries failed to implement corrective actions addressing issues concerning operations, sanitation, cleanliness, storage, and unavailable or inaccurate documentation.

However, the agency said there is no food safety risk associated with this establishment and the suspension as the company is currently not producing any processed blueberries for export or interprovincial sale.

Licences and registrations of registered establishments or companies can be suspended or cancelled for failing to comply with relevantCFIAActs and Regulations.

St Ann’s resumption

St Ann’s Foods, Ontario, is a beef slaughter plant which had failed to correct deficiencies in hygienic practices that were previously identified throughCFIAinspections.

In lifting the suspension, the agency said it would be allowed to resume operations under intensifiedinspection.

“Although St. Ann's Foods Inc. presented an acceptable action plan to the CFIA that would have corrected these deficiencies, they have been unable to demonstrate consistent or full implementation of the corrective measures within the required timeframe and this has resulted in the licence suspension​,” said the agency at the time of the suspension.

There are no food recalls associated with the suspension and no reported illnesses.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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