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.
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Philip Cassidy Apples Inc. Fined $15,000
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).
This week we have seen an issue in Australia with needles being found in strawberry products.
The Guardian reports on the 15th September that: "A $100,000 reward has been offered for information on the Queensland strawberry saboteur amid fears six brands across four states have been targeted with needle insertion.
Fruit sold under Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Donnybrook brands have been affected, while New South Wales police warn fruit sold under the Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries and Oasis brands were inserted with needles by a possible copycat."
Eleven years of recall information on my Food Safety Chat blog shows that such issues are isolated but occur from time to time and I have added some others too. Most are associated with in-store contamination. The earliest incidents l…
Bob Evans Farms, Inc., a Xenia, Ohio, establishment, is recalling approximately 42,246 pounds of pork sausage link products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of clear hard plastic,
McCormick and Company, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of Meijer Taco Seasoning Mix 4.5 OZ bottle due to an unlabeled milk allergen.