Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

June 04, 2007 18:58 ET

CFIA: Agency Steps Up Border Measures for Imported Vegetable Proteins

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - While the CFIA is continuing to hold and test imports from China to identify any contaminated products and prevent their entry into Canada, as of June 4, there will be monitoring of vegetable protein concentrates from all countries. The results of this monitoring program will help the Agency determine if further measures are required to prevent the entry of contaminated vegetable protein concentrates into Canada.

Vegetable protein products imported from all countries will require documentation such as valid test results or evidence of testing indicating freedom from melamine and cyanuric acid contamination before they may be used in feed or food. Shipments that arrive in Canada with this documentation may be subject to random sampling to verify compliance.

Shipments that arrive in Canada without the required documentation may be sampled and tested by the CFIA. Sampling, testing and review of documentation is expected to continue until CFIA has a clear understanding of the scope of the problem.

The CFIA is working closely with the U.S authorities in their investigation and is monitoring and continually assessing the situation to determine if additional measures may be required. The Agency is working cooperatively with industry and other partners to facilitate compliance and to ensure the safety of Canada's food and feed supply.

For more information on CFIA programs and services, please visit our website at www.inspection.gc.ca

A backgrounder is available at the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/BGCFIAENG.pdf

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office:
    Ted Yeomans
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    CFIA
    Media Relations: Ottawa
    613-228-6682