Officials flagged 900 food items from China with ‘problems’ over two years
Jul 14, 2019
OTTAWA — Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants that included glass and metal between 2017 and early 2019, according to internal federal records.
The document provides an inside look at imports from China that caught the attention of officials for appearing to fall short of Canadian standards — from gum balls with “extraneous” metal, to three-minute chow mein that contained an insect, to spicy octopus feet flagged for a “non-specific hazard.”
The list, compiled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, was obtained through access-to-information law.
Its release comes at a time of significant public interest in Canada about cross-border food inspections, especially those involving China.