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National Chemical Residue Monitoring Program Annual Report 2014-2015


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy. The National Chemical Residue Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is an annual Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) surveillance program which verifies compliance in foods to Canadian standards and guidelines for chemical residues and contaminants. The data collected from the NCRMP along with other surveillance activities enables the CFIA to identify trends that may warrant additional control strategies to maintain or improve compliance.

The NCRMP is one of several valuable tools that the CFIA employs to help maintain the very high compliance observed year after year. The NCRMP is carried out in accordance with Codex Alimentarius principles and guidelines and is an important part of the CFIA food safety framework that monitors Canadian food for potential hazards. This program provides data to support the Canadian food production system and the integrity of Canada's chemical residue control system. These systems are equivalent to those of our main trading partners like the United States and the European Union.

The CFIA communicates results from surveillance programs like the NCRMP to farmers, growers/producers, importers, and retailers to identify areas of concern and to promote the safe use of agricultural chemicals and practices. This ongoing effort ensures that healthy food is continuously available to Canadians in a manner that minimizes impacts on the food industry.

This report summarizes testing results obtained from food samples collected between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 (hereafter referred to as 2014-2015). A total of 109867 tests for residues of veterinary drugs, pesticides, metals, and contaminants were performed on 14141 monitoring samples and generated millions of results, which are summarized in Appendix B of this report. Test results from samples taken as part of the NCRMP showed that the overwhelming majority of food on the market meets Canadian standards for food safety. The overall compliance rate was determined to be 96.0% which is consistent with past years.

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