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CFIA's role in combatting food fraud

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working to protect consumers from food fraud.

Food fraud can occur at any step in the food processing continuum (raw product, processing, packaging, labelling, retail, etc.) with both imported and domestic food products. The CFIA is committed to working with the food industry on ways to address this growing concern.

The CFIA is working with Health Canada to address health and safety risks involved in food misrepresentation through the Food Policy for Canada.

Enhanced efforts mean the CFIA can:

What the CFIA does to combat food fraud

When food products are clearly misrepresented and not compliant with the regulatory requirements, the CFIA will take appropriate regulatory or enforcement actions. In some cases, the agency will recommend prosecution. This will depend on the severity of the violation, the history of compliance of the regulated party, and the intent of the act.

Working with stakeholders and partners

Addressing the issue of food fraud requires a collective effort and engagement by industry, government departments, the scientific community, consumers, academia, non-governmental organizations, and international partners.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with domestic and international stakeholders and partners to discover better ways to address food fraud. Examples of the work Canada is involved with include:

Latest updates

Government of Canada takes action on fish fraud
2021-03-24 | News release

Fish Substitution in the Canadian marketplace
2021-03-24 | Notice to industry

Enhanced fish species substitution surveillance (2019 to 2020)
2021-03-24 | Report

Government of Canada protects Canadians against food fraud in honey and other products
2020-12-07 | News release

Honey authenticity surveillance results (2019 to 2020)
2020-12-07 | Report

Government of Canada prevents nearly 12,800 kg of adulterated honey from entering the Canadian market
2019-07-09 | News release

Authenticity of honey in the Canadian marketplace
2019-07-09 | Notice to industry

Enhanced honey authenticity surveillance (2018 to 2019)
2019-07-09 | Report

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