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CFIA's role in combatting food fraud

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What the CFIA does to combat 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 Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is committed to working with the food industry on ways to address this growing concern.

The CFIA protects consumers from food fraud by:

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:

Everyone has a role to play

Reports

Latest updates

Government of Canada continues to tackle food fraud
2022-05-12 | News release

Food misrepresentation
2022-05-12 | Notice to industry

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

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

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

Videos, podcasts and articles

Putting fish DNA to the test

Fish is one of the most commonly reported misrepresented foods worldwide. To combat this issue, our experts use DNA testing to detect mislabelled fish.

Podcast: Feeling the sting

The impact of honey fraud on beekeepers.

Video: Putting honey to the test

Honey is oh so sweet. But if sugars are added and not declared on the label, that is a form of food fraud.

Video: Tackling food fraud

Here's how the CFIA and the public can work together to combat food fraud.

Article: Food fraud

CFIA takes food fraud seriously, and works to protect consumers against activities such as food adulteration, substitution and misrepresentation.

Compliance and enforcement actions

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