Food safety is a given, when a consumer purchases food they expect it to be safe and fit to eat. The responsibility for ensuring food is safe to eat rests with the farmer (sometimes called the primary producer), the manufacturer or processor (if the food is prepared in a factory), the distributor and wholesaler (the people responsible for transfering the food from the manufacturer to the shop or to the door in the case of direct sales or mail order), the retailer and the consumer themselves.
On January 23, 2012, at the St. Jérôme courthouse, Philip Cassidy Apples Inc., located in St. Antoine Abbé, pleaded guilty to five charges of violating the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations.
The Court of Québec ordered the company to pay fines totalling $15,000.
The offences consisted of trading apples interprovincially five times between April 27, 2009, and May 12, 2009, in violation of paragraph 29(1)(a) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. The company shipped McIntosh apples in bulk grown in Nova Scotia to Quebec without having the required authorization.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is responsible for enforcing various federal legislation, including the Canada Agricultural Products Act and its Regulations that govern the marketing of agricultural products (import, export and interprovincial trade).