2010-2011 Sulphites in Fruit Spreads

Executive Summary

The Food Safety Action Plan (FSAP) aims to modernize and enhance Canada’s food safety system. As part of the FSAP enhanced surveillance initiative, targeted surveys are used to evaluate various foods for specific hazards.

The main objectives of the undeclared sulphites in fruit spreads survey were:

  • to obtain baseline information regarding the presence and levels of undeclared sulphites in fruit spreads, and;
  • to identify potential food safety concerns relating to undeclared sulphites in fruit spreads.

A total of 48 fruit spreads, including butters, jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves were analyzed for the presence of undeclared sulphites. The 3 samples that contained sulphites are being followed up by CFIA. Follow up action may involve a food safety investigation, including a health risk assessment conducted by Health Canada and a recall or one of the following: notification of manufacturer/importer and/or additional sampling.

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