Canadian Salmonella outbreak traced to frozen, raw chicken

Coral Beach – Food Safety News More than a dozen people across four Canadian provinces are confirmed with Salmonella infections traced to breaded chicken products, but federal officials have not irevealed what specific products or brands are implicated. Of the...

Canada-U.S. in talks about inspection system equivalencies

News Desk Audits of Canada’s meat, poultry, and egg inspections conducted in September 2016 and written up in a report in April this year are now getting attention. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sent a copy of the final audit report to the Canadian...

CFIA reconsiders ill-advised meat inspection changes

For immediate release Ottawa (August 8, 2017) – New leadership at Canada’s food safety regulator is reconsidering changes to inspection procedures its former President planned to usher in under a program called “Inspection Modernization” amid warnings the changes...

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

  Bob Kingston, President Agriculture Union – PSAC Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Edmonton, AB Please check against delivery Good morning and thanks for coming out. My name is Bob Kingston and I am the national president of the Agriculture Union. We represent food...

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...