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Statistics: Food Recalls

A food recall is an action by a manufacturer, importer, distributor or retailer to remove unsafe food products from the market to help protect the public. Canadian consumers enjoy one of the safest food safety systems in the world. However, when a food recall is necessary, a team of CFIA experts work together with industry and other stakeholders to remove the threat by managing the recall of the affected food product. To read more about food recalls, please consult our fact sheet.

The CFIA distributes public advisories to media on high-risk recalls and posts them to the CFIA web site. You can also view public advisories on The CFIA also posts food recalls that are considered to be lower-risk on the CFIA website.

Food Recalls (April 2006 - March 2011)

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Food Recalls
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Food Recalls by Hazard (April 2006 - March 2011)

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Food Recalls by Hazard
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Undeclared allergen: A food product contains ingredients such as peanuts, milk or eggs that are not identified on the label and that can cause adverse reactions in people who are allergic to the item.

Chemical: A food product contains chemical residues such as lead, mercury or pesticides that, at certain levels, can affect human health.

Extraneous material: A food product contains material from an outside source, such as metal, glass or hair. These are not necessarily a risk to human health.

Microbiological: A food product is contaminated by micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses or parasites, which have the potential to cause illness.

Other: A food product is of concern due to the presence of marine biotoxins or non-permitted food ingredients; or due to nutrition concerns, irradiation or other health concerns; or tampering.