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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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