Meat importing countries raise inspection bar for Brazil

Rod Nickel and Tom Polansek – Reuters Canada WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Meat-importing countries from North America to Europe and Asia have tightened inspection standards for shipments from Brazil in a bid to protect consumers, following a...

Maple Leaf Foods recalls chicken products because of staph

Food Safety News Maple Leaf Foods is recalling an undisclosed amount of chicken strip and sandwich products under three brands because they maybe contaminated with toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Retailers in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec received the...

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Health seeks clarification from the CFIA after the Agriculture Union disputes assurances given to the Committee by an Agency spokesperson about the frequency of meat inspection in Northern Alberta

Research shows most CFIA programs are currently short staffed approximately 30%. A survey of frontline inspectors that was characterized by the CFIA witness as an “overstatement” found that more than half (55%) describe the current complement of inspection staff in their immediate work group as “inadequate to complete all tasks needed to ensure compliance with food safety requirements”.

New rules limit livestock travel time

Alberta Farmer Express The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations: Part XII which deals with humane transportation. The most significant change would limit travel time to 36 hours (from 48...

Bovine TB quarantines push into Saskatchewan

Two farms in Saskatchewan and 33 in Alberta are under federal quarantine due to one case of bovine tuberculosis (TB) detected in an Alberta cow slaughtered in the U.S. in September, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Regina Leader-Post “In late...

Two Saskatchewan farms under bovine tuberculosis quarantine

Agency was first informed of the sick cow September 22 Kelsey Johnson – iPolitics The Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not recognize the urgent nature of a single case of bovine tuberculosis in Alberta back in September and “took way too long” to respond to...

Alberta considering disaster assistance over cattle TB case

Agency was first informed of the sick cow September 22 Kelsey Johnson – iPolitics The Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not recognize the urgent nature of a single case of bovine tuberculosis in Alberta back in September and “took way too long” to respond to...

CFIA caught flatfooted by Alberta cattle TB case: industry

Doctor warns potentially infected people should get immunized immediately   Agency was first informed of the sick cow September 22 Kelsey Johnson – iPolitics The Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not recognize the urgent nature of a single case of bovine...

CFIA resumes daily meat inspections in Northern Alberta

Ann Hui – The Globe and Mail An Ontario poultry producer that supplied meat to some of Canada’s largest grocers has been charged with mislabelling conventional chicken as “certified organic.” Representatives for Cericola Farms Inc., appeared in a Barrie...

Beef sector questions need for transport rules changes

Alexis Kienlen – Alberta Farmer The deadly virus was recently found in a transport trailer that was supposed to have been disinfected before crossing the border Alberta hog producers are being warned to stay vigilant following the recent discovery of the porcine...

Food fraud protection

Mr. Bill Casey, MP Chair Standing Committee on Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 June 13, 2016   Dear Mr. Casey, First, let me congratulate you on your election as chair of the Committee. As the representative of Canada’s food safety inspectors, I follow...

Another close call for Alberta’s hog sector

Mr. Bill Casey, MP Chair Standing Committee on Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 June 13, 2016   Dear Mr. Casey, First, let me congratulate you on your election as chair of the Committee. As the representative of Canada’s food safety inspectors, I follow...

Swine trucks will continue to be washed in the U.S.

Mr. Bill Casey, MP Chair Standing Committee on Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 June 13, 2016   Dear Mr. Casey, First, let me congratulate you on your election as chair of the Committee. As the representative of Canada’s food safety inspectors, I follow...

Five emerging trends affecting food safety

A new U.S. report has identified the key trends that present food safety opportunities and challenges in today’s food industry Food in Canada A new U.S. report has found that while food safety progress has been made among many companies, there are still critical...

CFIA Policy Change Jeopardises Canadian Biosecurity

The federal budget tabled on March 22nd includes a $38.5 million investment to shore up our sagging food safety system. The damage done to food safety during the Harper years will take time to repair.  Expertise at the top of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has...

News conference speaking notes

For immediate release Ottawa (March 16, 2016) – The food inspection deficit that has left Alberta meat plants short-handed for more than a year is a now a national problem according to a new Abacus Data survey of front line food inspectors which found widespread staff...

Un sondage parmi les inspecteurs révèle une pénurie de main d’œuvre généralisée – Le manque est particulièrement grave dans les usines de viande

Edmonton (16 mars 2016) – Le déficit dans la capacité d’inspection qui affecte les usines albertaines de transformation de la viande depuis plus d’un an est devenu un problème national selon un nouveau sondage Abacus mené auprès des inspecteurs de première ligne. Le sondage révèle une pénurie généralisée de personnel et des inquiétudes à l’effet que la sécurité de nos aliments soit menacée.

Ottawa needs to beef up food safety: Editorial

Ottawa (1 March, 2016) – American food safety regulators have given the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) until the middle of March to fix significant food safety issues found during an audit of the CFIA’s meat, poultry and egg products inspection systems. The...

The U.S. complains about Canadian food inspection

Ottawa (1 March, 2016) – American food safety regulators have given the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) until the middle of March to fix significant food safety issues found during an audit of the CFIA’s meat, poultry and egg products inspection systems. The...