Tag Archives: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canada approves genetically modified salmon for sale to public

aqua bountyCanadian grocery stores have received the regulatory green light to begin selling fast-growing, genetically modified salmon – the first such species to gain such approval from federal agencies. Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Thursday they had completed a scientific review of AquAdvantage’s salmon and it has passed the final regulatory hurdle for the farmed fish. The fish was developed by U.S.-based biotechnology firm AquaBounty Technologies Inc. to promote rapid growth of the fish during early life, using a growth hormone gene from the Chinook salmon in an Atlantic salmon. The company has one facility in Canada, in Bay Fortune, P.E.I., and a production centre in Panama. Dave Conley, a spokesman for the firm, said in an email that it will be a year or more before the firm has any production of market-sized fish. Read the rest here 18:53

Costco’s fish import licence suspended

Canada’s food safety watchdog has suspended Costco Canada’s fish import licence. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the retail giant is not reliably following food safety controls on a consistent basis. The agency says Costco is in violation of federal fish inspection regulations and the suspension on imports went into effect on Feb. 26. Read the rest here 13:45

Intensive Study Finds British Columbia Salmon, Trout Free of ISA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has completed a two-year intensive study of wild and enhanced anadromous salmonid in British Columbia (BC) and found no evidence of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) or Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis (IPN). Read the rest here 10:29

Food safety concerns cost Red Cove plant in Cape Wolfe, P.E.I. seafood plant its registration

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has not renewed the registration of a P.E.I. seafood processor, citing food safety concerns. The Red Cove plant at Cape Wolfe in western P.E.I. was registered to process lobster, crab and mollusks. The CFIA says the registration was not renewed, effective May 8, 2014. Read more here 16:48

Canadian Food Inspection Agency orders Cooke Aquaculture ISA infected salmon destroyed

Cooke Aquaculture is shutting down its Harbour Breton salmon processing plant in the wake of an order by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to destroy a large number of its ISA-infected salmon, CBC News has learned. [email protected]  22:25

Cyr Couturier, executive director, Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association Blames Federal Policy in Gray Aqua woes

Cyr Couturier, executive director of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association, said that under Canadian Food Inspection Agency rules Gray Aqua Group had to destroy fish infected by outbreaks of salmon anemia, costing the company millions of dollars. Couturier said the company had to destroy its fish before they were large enough to sell. (who wants diseased fish?) [email protected] 17:07

Canadian Food Inspection Agency shutdown Iceland-based JHS Fish Products,over ‘picky things’: fish plant president

A fish plant near Yarmouth says a recent shutdown throwing 38 people out of work that was ordered by food inspectors was based on minor infractions. continue