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National Chemical Residue Monitoring Program 2012-2013 Report

November 14, 2014 – Ottawa, ON - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) annual testing of various food products, a study released today found that more than 97 per cent of a wide variety of food samples tested met existing Health Canada standards for various chemicals.

The CFIA's National Chemical Residue Monitoring Program (NCRMP) tests foods of animal and plant origin for multiple chemical hazards, including pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues and environmental contaminants. Information obtained through this program allows the CFIA to identify violations and trends, and develop strategic plans to minimize potential health risks to Canadians.

When elevated levels of chemical residues are detected in food, they are assessed by Health Canada to determine if the product poses an unacceptable health risk. Follow-up actions may be taken by the CFIA based on the results of Health Canada's risk assessment. These actions may include notifying the producer or importer, additional inspections, further directed sampling, or product recall. None of the chemical residue levels detected were found to pose a safety concern to Canadians and no recalls were necessary.

This and other CFIA programs are part of ongoing testing to help keep the food safety system strong for Canadian families.

Quick Facts

  • The consistently high compliance rates across all commodities tested in the 2012-2013 NCRMP, whether imported or domestic, are similar to previous years' results.
  • Approximately 120,000 tests were performed between April 2012 and March 2013 on more than 19,000 food samples, producing more than three million results.
  • Samples included domestic and imported dairy products, eggs, honey, meat and poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables, processed products, and maple products.

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