June 18, 2013 8:38 pm

CFIA pulls licence of Edmonton meat, poultry business

EDMONTON – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the licence of an Edmonton business over non-compliance of meat inspection regulations.

The business, Aliya’s Foods Ltd., took effect on Monday.

Aliya’s Foods Ltd. is a ready-to-eat red meat and poultry establishment.

The agency says Aliya’s Foods Ltd. has failed to document and address product cooling issues during pre-shipment review, and failed to address allergen control issues.

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No product has been recalled, but the CFIA says it will take action if any potentially contaminated product be identified.

The federal agency says Aliya’s Foods Ltd. will not be able to resume operations until the company has put in place corrective actions and those actions must be approved by the CFIA.

Noorudin Jiwani, president of Aliya’s Foods, said the suspension is over record-keeping protocols only.

“The safety and quality of our products are at no risk to the consumers. Our records did not provide clear and concise definitive written evidence that product cooling time requirements were being met, although cooling of products within the plant is within required standards,” Jiwani said in a news release.

“Instances where the records do not clearly indicate that the cooling procedure was met, food safety assessments (such as predictive modeling) shows no growth for the time and temperature indicated, therefore there is no food safety concern present.”

Jiwani also said that allergen tests are negative for allergen cross contamination, which he said indicates that controls in place are effective.

“Since the suspension of production, we have revised all records and implemented an automated verification systems to provide a second check. This will ensure that we do not encounter similar recording issues in the future.”

He said his staff is working closely with the CFIA and is working to improve written procedures.

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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