USDA Gives CFIA “Adequate” Grade

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (USDA and FSIS) has given Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) the lowest passing grade of “adequate,” according to documents released in December.

The USDA noted a number of infractions during its site audit of Canada’s meat inspection system.

It found non-compliance in HACCP implementation of beef slaughter, non-compliance in sanitation performance standards and the need for further clarification of E-coli program regulations.

According to the report, the CFIA has taken “immediate corrective actions and instituted long-term preventive measures to strengthen its establishment and system-wide regulatory oversight.” It’s also noted that if the actions continue to be implemented, the system weakness will be corrected and the grade upgraded.

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