Canada: new Food Fraud Annual Report 2021-2022 just published

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recently published its latest Food Fraud Annual Report, which offers a summary of the activities carried out during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.    

Food fraud prevention is a priority under the national program “Food Policy for Canada”. As part of this initiative, CFIA, in collaboration with Health Canada, is addressing food misrepresentation by developing strategies to stop, detect, and discourage food fraud that falls within its mandate.  

The surveillance activities carried out included inspecting, sampling and testing for authenticity and misrepresentation of the following products: fish, honey, meat, olive oil, other expensive oils and spices. CFIA did targeted surveillance on these commodities at different food businesses, including importers, domestic processors and retailers.  

CFIA gathered 844 targeted samples to detect specific types of misrepresentation. The results of the analyses were found to be satisfactory, as fish was found to be in compliance in a percentage of 92.7, honey 77.5%, meat 99.1%, olive oil 86.9%, other valuable oils 64.3%, and spices 90.8%.  

CFIA says that the testing results summarized in its report are not to be considered representative of overall compliance rates within the Canadian marketplace. The reason behind this is that the commodities that were targeted are at higher risk for non-compliance, consequently, the figures that come out from such targeting can appear unusually high.  

In cases of non-compliances, CFIA took control measures and enforcement actions, guided by the Standard Regulatory Response Process. These actions included withdrawal, detention, destruction, or relabelling of the non-compliant product.  

CFIA declared it will use the results outlined in this report to refine risk-based program design, surveillance activities, compliance promotion and enhanced enforcement.