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Italian Products Distribution Inc. Fined $7,500 for Offences Under the Food and Drugs Act

September 9, 2009, Guelph, ON - On July 29th, 2009 a conviction was registered against Italian Products Distribution Inc. in the Toronto Court of Justice for two counts of violating the Food and Drugs Act. The company was fined a total of $7,500.

On March 8, 2006, a consumer complaint was received by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regarding the sale of a product represented as 100 percent pure extra virgin olive oil at a supermarket in Toronto, Ontario. CFIA inspectors discovered that this business was selling various brands of olive oil that contained a high concentration of sunflower and/or soybean oils. CFIA detained 258 bottles and cans of the product. A second consumer complaint relating to this same supermarket for the improper sale of olive oil was received by the CFIA on September 28, 2006. A second inspection led to a detention of an additional 144 bottles of product.

Italian Products Distribution Inc., the company involved in the sale of this product, was convicted for one count of contravening section 5(1) and one count of contravening section 6.1 of the Food and Drugs Act.

The CFIA is responsible for enforcing a number of acts and regulations including the Food and Drugs Act which protects consumers from the marketing of products that do not meet prescribed standards. This helps ensure that all Canadians have confidence in the quality of food products they purchase.

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For more information, media may contact:

Marilyn Taylor (English)
Communications Specialist, Ontario Area, 519-837-5852

JoAnne Ford (French)
Area Communications Manager, Ontario Area, 519-826-3027