Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Costco loses fish import licence

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the fish import licence of Costco (Canada), effective February 26.

It says it “has determined that adequate controls for food safety are not being reliably implemented by the company on a consistent basis, which is in violation of the Fish Inspection Regulations.

“There is no recall associated with this suspension.

The CFIA says in an e-mail to Ontario Farmer that
 the import licence was suspended because Costco (Canada) distributed imported fish products prior to required inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), contravening section 6(2.2) of the Fish Inspection Regulations.

In addition, “the import licence was suspended because Costco . . .  did not fulfill its obligation to notify the CFIA prior to the importation of the products in question (within 48 hours of the receipt of imported products), as required under paragraph 6(2)(e) of the Fish Inspection Regulations

“Costco (Canada) is still permitted to sell fish products, as long as they are purchased from another federally regulated Canadian fish import company.

“However, they are not permitted to import fish products into Canada while their import licence is suspended.”