2017-09-20 Food Safety Testing Bulletin

September 2017
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) priority is to protect consumers by safeguarding Canada's food supply. The Agency verifies that industry is meeting federal food safety requirements and conducts sampling and testing to detect food safety risks.

Monitoring the levels of chemical hazards, microbiological hazards, undeclared allergens, sulphites and gluten in the food supply helps the CFIA identify food safety hazards and develop risk management strategies to minimize potential risks to Canadians.

When non-compliance is found, the CFIA does not hesitate to take appropriate action. These actions may include notifying the manufacturer or importer, requesting a corrective action, additional inspections, conducting further directed sampling or product seizure and/or recall.

Microbiology Reports

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Bacterial Pathogens in Pre-Packaged, Fresh-Cut, Ready-to-Eat Vegetables (2014-2016)

A targeted survey on bacterial pathogens in pre-packaged, fresh-cut, ready-to-eat vegetables analyzed 2,675 samples for Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7, and generic E. coli. Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli O157:H7, and generic E. coli were not found in any samples. Six samples were found to contain Listeria monocytogenes. The CFIA conducted appropriate follow-up activities for the Listeria monocytogenes contaminated samples resulting in product recalls and/or the implementation of corrective actions by the processing facilities. No illnesses were reported in association with any of the Listeria monocytogenes positive samples.

Bacterial Pathogens on Mangoes and Papayas (2012-2016)

A targeted survey analyzed 4,710 samples of mangoes and papayas for bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7, Shigella, and generic E. coli. All mango samples (100%) and over 99% of the papaya samples were satisfactory. E. coli O157:H7 and Shigella were not found on any samples tested. Salmonella was found on the surface of two papaya samples and seven papaya samples had high levels of generic E. coli. The CFIA conducted appropriate follow-up activities. No illnesses were reported in association with any of the positive samples.

Parasites in Fresh Leafy Vegetables (2014-2016)

A targeted survey of 2,233 samples of leafy vegetables for parasites found 98.8% to be satisfactory. Samples were analyzed for Cyclospora cayetanensis, Cryptosporidium spp., Toxoplasma gondii, and Giardia spp. Two samples contained parasite DNA of Cryptosporidium spp. and three samples contained Toxoplasma gondii DNA. Cyclospora cayetanensis DNA was detected in six samples and Giardia spp. DNA was detected in fifteen samples. Due to methodology limitations and the perishable nature of the products, the time elapsed between sample pick up and the completion of analysis, implicated products were no longer available on the market when the parasite DNA was detected. As such, no direct product action was possible. No illnesses were reported in association with any of the positive samples.

A complete list of the CFIA's food safety testing reports is available.


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