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Archived - CFIA cancels the Safe Food for Canadians licence #9K9WDGDF of Usine Amsellem inc.

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January 7, 2020, Ottawa

On January 6, 2020, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cancelled the Safe Food for Canadians licence #9K9WDGDF of Usine Amsellem inc, a ready-to-eat meat products (dried sausages) producer located in Laval, Quebec.

Following a cancellation, licence holders may not conduct any activity that is identified in their licence.

The licence was cancelled in accordance with the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) because the licence holder failed to comply with Section 15 of the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) relating to one test result for Salmonella bacteria in one of their products. Section 15 of the SFCA states that it is prohibited for any person to make a false or misleading statement or to provide false or misleading information to a person exercising duties under the Act in connection with any matter under any provision of the SFCA or the SFCR.

A recall of dry beef sausage produced by this licence holder was published on December 4, 2019, due to possible Salmonella contamination. Although no cases of illness associated with the consumption of this product have been reported, the CFIA took the necessary measures to protect consumers as soon as it was determined that a product was potentially contaminated.

CFIA has now concluded the food safety investigation, and no additional recalls are expected with respect to this investigation.

Usine Amsellem inc. was notified on December 5, 2019, of the grounds being considered for licence cancellation and provided an opportunity to be heard. After meeting with the licence holder and based on a review of the facts and submissions made, CFIA determined that the licence holder failed to comply with Section 15 of the SFCA and their licence was cancelled.

The CFIA publishes a list of suspensions and cancellations on its website.

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