Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CFIA detains Ontario eggs, beef, chicken

According to its website, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency exercised 11 detention orders on Ontario food companies between April and June this year.

Both of the province’s dominant egg graders were slapped with detention orders – Gray Ridge Eggs Inc. for a “biological hazard” in Grade C eggs at its grading station at Listowel and two detentions at the Burnbrae Farms operation at Mississauga for “other non-compliance” issues.

Beking Poultry Farm of Oxford Station also ran afoul of the “other non-compliance” issues for shell eggs.

DeBoer’s Poultry Inc of Burlington had “various ready to eat and non ready to eat poultry products” detained for “inaccurate or misleading labeling”.

The Stirling Creamery of Belleville had salted butter solids detained because it was contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

Henry H. Misner of Simcoe had battered fish fillets detained for “lack of proper documentation” and Erie Meat Products of Mississauga had boneless skinless chicken breast detained because of metal fragments in the meat.

Premium Brands of Toronto had ready-to-eat sausages detained because of Listeria and Thomas Canning of Maidstone had canned diced tomatoes detained because of mold.

There were six detentions in Atlantic Canada, five in Quebec and four in Western Canada.

Fourteen import shipments were refused entry, ranging from chicken enchilada soup and cooked processed turkey from the United States to dried white mulberries from Turkey.

The CFIA issued 14 fines totaling $140,000 in Atlantic Canada and 71 across Western Canada totaling $714,000 for failure to comply with plant protection regulations.

One fine of $10,000 was levied for infractions of feed regulations against a company in Western Canada.

There were 30 animal transportation fines in Quebec totaling $52,600, two in Ontario for $6,800, 17 in Western Canada for $30,800 and 18 in Atlantic Canada for $49,000.

Eight fines totaling $50,800 were issued for infractions of the Health of Animals Act and 21 fines totaling $7,800 for violations of animal identification regulations.

In all, the CFIA collected more than $1 million in fines during the three months from April to June.

There was a long list of cancellations of organic certifications, including many who simply withdrew from the industry, but also a few whose certification was suspended for failure to meet standards.

Both Kraft Canada Ltd. at Gladstone and Oakville and Strubs Food Corp. withdrew their certifications.

Sprouts for Life had its licence suspended by Pro-Cert, then cancelled.

More information is available on the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca . Check under “accountability”.