Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Mexican chicken stopped by CFIA

Documents obtained through Access to Information reveal that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency stopped chicken from a plant in Mexico from entering the Canadian market.

Correspondence among inspection staff indicates that at least a couple of boxes of chicken were stopped within a matter of a few days.

The front-line inspector was informed that Mexican chicken slsughtered at a federally-inspected plant in the United States might be okay, but not chicken slaughtered in a Mexican packing plant.

The chicken in question was apparently sourced from an approved plant in the United States, but further processed and packaged in Mexico for shipment to Canada. That, according to the correspondence, is allowed.

The chicken was detained in cold storage in Brampton while inspection staff tried to sort out the issues the chicken raised.

The correspondence does not indicate the ultimate disposal of the chicken or the identity of the importer.