Final Report of an Audit Conducted In Four European Union Member States February 3rd Through February 21st, 2014
Evaluating The Food Safety Systems Governing The Production of  Beef And Beef Products For Export To Canada

12. Conclusions and Need for Further Actions

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Overall, the audit showed that food safety systems in the EU MSs are performing as intended in an adequate manner and generally demonstrate an acceptable implementation of controls for all areas described above except for implementation of controls over E. coli O157 in raw beef products. Multiple audit findings in one establishment located in one of the MSs indicate a need for improvement of CA oversight related to HACCP Systems. The CFIA requests the CCA to follow up on all deficiencies noted in this establishment and provide the CFIA with corrective action plan developed and implemented by the operator. The CFIA also requests the CCA to verify if this action plan has been implemented and is effective in addressing all findings.

In other establishments visited, issues relative to each different area were found. The CFIA requests the competent authorities in 4 MSs to take appropriate actions to fix those issues in all establishments under their supervision.

Overall, the auditors determined that there is a scope for improvement in the implementation of Slaughter/processing controls, HACCP Systems and SRM removal. As these findings appear to be systemic, the CFIA requests DG-SANTÉ to make all MSs aware of these issues and ensure an appropriate follow-up.

The audit process underscores the need for technical discussions to occur between the DG-SANTÉ and the CFIA before resuming the export of beef meat products from EU MSs to Canada. Specifically the following needs further discussion.

  • Canadian E. coli O157 policy requirements
  • Supervisory oversight in establishments
  • Chemical Residue Monitoring Program
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