2017-12-20 Food Safety Testing Bulletin

December 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 and microbiological hazards, undeclared allergens 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 Soy Products (2014-2016)

A targeted survey on bacterial pathogens in soy products analyzed 3,157 samples for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), and generic Escherichia coli (E. coli). No Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes were found in any of the samples. Levels of S. aureus were found to be low in all samples. These are considered to have been produced under sanitary conditions and safe for consumption. High levels of generic E. coli were found in one sample. The CFIA conducted appropriate follow-up activities resulting in follow-up sampling and facility inspections.

Bacterial Pathogens on In-Shell Nuts and in Shelled Nuts and Nut Butters (2012-2015)

A targeted survey analyzed 2,400 in-shell nut samples, 2,612 shelled nut samples, and 1,142 nut butter samples for bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) (nut butters only), and generic E. coli. No E. coli O157:H7, L. monocytogenes or generic E. coli were found in any of the samples. Salmonella was found in five in-shell nut samples. The CFIA conducted appropriate follow-up activities. All five Salmonella positive samples resulted in recalls of the affected products. No illnesses were reported in association with any of the Salmonella positive samples.

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

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