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Canada's Food Inspection Agency's Cantaloupe Testing Program

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Cantaloupe Testing Program with Christine Shaker, Senior Program Officer and Irina Frenkel, Chief, Fresh Produce Safety.
The CFIA develops and delivers programs and services designed to protect Canadians from preventable food safety hazards, to ensure that food safety emergencies are effectively managed, and that the public is aware of--and contributes to--food safety.
On September 6, 2012, as part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a study was released that found 100% of cantaloupes tested did not contain Salmonella or Shigella and were safe for human consumption. No follow-up activities were needed.
The CFIA analyzed 1,207 domestic and imported cantaloupe samples collected from Canadian retail stores. They included 895 samples from domestic and imported whole cantaloupes and 312 from imported fresh-cut, ready-to-eat cantaloupes. Because neither Salmonella nor Shigella was detected, all samples were classified as "satisfactory".
Agenda:
1. Introduction.
2. What is Canada’s Cantaloupe Testing Program?
3. Which pathogens are of interest?
4. How is the testing program conducted?
5. What has the program discovered about the cantaloupe market?
6. Are there other product markets to be tested?
7. Summary

Contacts:

Irina Frenkel
Chief, Fresh Produce Safety
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Section
Agrifood Division, CFIA

Christine Shaker
Senior Program Officer
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Section
Agrifood Division, CFIA

Guy Gravelle
Senior Media Relations Officer
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Government of Canada
(613) 773-6600
FAX: (613) 773-5558
media@inspection.gc.ca

 

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