December 3, 2019


Canada's food inspection agency terminates licenses of three meat producers



Three meat producing companies have their Safe Food for Canadian licenses terminated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as a major meat recall impacted close to 900 beef and veal products.


The termination means that the affected companies will not be allowed to slaughter animals or prepare meat products for export or delivery to other provinces or territories. 


The companies are Ryding-Regency Meat Packers Ltd, as well as two others operating under St. Ann's Foods Inc., namely, Canadian Select Meats Inc. and The Beef Boutique Ltd. All the entities are based in Toronto, Canada.


"The decision was made after the agency identified during a food safety investigation that they had received false or misleading information from the licence holders concerning E. coli lab results," said the CFIA.


A spokesman for Ryding-Regency did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while the publicly listed number for St. Ann's was not in service.


The CFIA launched its food safety investigation in September after it determined some products could be contaminated with E. coli.


The list of recalled beef and veal products grew to 892 consumer products by November 6 and included goods sold at a number of grocers, as well as hotels, restaurants and other retailers.


There were no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products, according to the CFIA's latest update on the recall on November 6.


While the CFIA conducted its investigation, it suspended the companies' licenses. The agency informed each company on October 22 that it intended to cancel their licenses and provided them an opportunity to respond.


In each case, "after meeting with the licence holder regarding the cancellation, based on a review of the facts and submissions made, the CFIA determined that the licence holder failed to comply with Section 15 and canceled their licence," the CFIA said.


Section 15 of the Safe Food for Canadians Act prohibits making a false or misleading statement or providing false or misleading information to a person exercising duties under the law or in connection with it.


- CTV News