Canada has seized more than 100 tons of counterfeit foodstuffs

The federal agency that tackles food fraud |

In an effort to protect consumers and ensure market integrity, the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), has successfully prevented the sale of more than 100 tonnes of counterfeit food in the country. This significant achievement was unveiled this year by the CFIA, which highlights the government's continued commitment to the fight against food fraud.

The CFIA has placed special emphasis on addressing food fraud to ensure that foods marketed are safe and properly represented in quality and content. As part of its annual food fraud report, the agency conducted authenticity testing on six foods commonly subject to misrepresentation.

The key work of the CFIA and a revealing silver lining

The federal agency verified the authenticity of 6 foods, which are often misrepresented. Overall, the tests showed a compliance rate of 92.7 % for fish, 77.5 % for fish, 77.5 % for honey%, 99.1 % for meat, 86.9 % for olive oil, 64.3 % for other high-priced oils and 90.8 % for spices.

When cases of potential food fraud were detected, the CFIA acted decisively to prevent counterfeit food from reaching Canadian consumers.

Through various actions, such as destruction, proper labeling or withdrawal of products from the market, more than 100,000 kilograms of fraudulent food were prevented from being sold.. These actions demonstrate the Canadian government's commitment to safeguarding the health and safety of its citizens.

Of particular note is the excellent result obtained in the meat test, which had a compliance rate of 99.1%. This represents encouraging news, as meat has been the subject of several food fraud scandals in the past. These results demonstrate that the CFIA's efforts to protect consumers and the food industry are paying off by maintaining high quality and accurate representation in this important sector.

A shared responsibility

It is important to note that the fight against food fraud is not the sole responsibility of the government. The food industry also plays a key role in this process. It is crucial that companies properly represent and label their products, providing truthful and non-misleading information to consumers.

In case of suspicion of any food product that is not properly represented, it is recommended to inform the CFIA so that they can take the necessary measures.

The positive results obtained in the fight against food fraud, especially in the case of meat, reinforce consumer and industry confidence in the measures implemented.

In conclusion, it is essential that government, industry and consumers continue to collaborate in the detection and prevention of potential fraud to ensure safe and reliable food for all.

Source consulted: ACIA.

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