2017-10-18 Food Safety Testing Bulletin

October 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 Fresh Leafy Herbs (2014-2016)

A targeted survey analyzed 2,969 samples of fresh leafy herbs for bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7, and generic E. coli. No Shigella or E. coli O157:H7 were found in any of the samples. Salmonella was found in two samples and high levels of generic E. coli were found in eighteen samples. The CFIA conducted appropriate follow-up activities resulting in facility inspections, additional sampling and/or implementation of corrective actions by the processing facilities. Both Salmonella positive samples resulted in recalls of the affected products. No illnesses were reported in association with any of the Salmonella positive samples.

Bacterial Pathogens in Fresh-Cut Ready-To-Eat Fruits (2014-2016)

A targeted survey on bacterial pathogens in fresh-cut ready-to-eat fruits analyzed 2,621 samples for Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7, and generic E. coli. No Salmonella, Shigella or E. coli O157:H7 were found in any of the samples. Listeria monocytogenes was found in fourteen samples and elevated levels of generic E. coli were found in one sample. The CFIA conducted appropriate follow-up activities. One Listeria monocytogenes positive sample resulted in a recall due to a possible link to a human illness case and also because it had been distributed to a high risk population group.

Viruses in Fresh Berries and Frozen Fruits (2014-2016)

A targeted survey analyzed 1,991 samples of fresh berries and frozen fruits for viruses. 99.6% of the samples were found to be free of viruses. Samples were analyzed for hepatitis A (HAV), norovirus (NoV) (Genotype I and II (GI, GII)) and human rotavirus (HRV) RNA. HAV and NoV (GI) RNA were not detected in any of the samples tested. NoV (GII) RNA was detected in 7 samples. The CFIA conducted appropriate follow-up activities for all viral RNA positive samples. 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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