Canada: Pork importer fined by court
Canadian company, Merilin International Trading,
was fined CAD10,000 (US$9,800) for violating Section 40 of the Health of Animals
The company imported 100 cartons (1,600 kg) of pork legs
from China which were not declared on the import documents.
legs were found by the Canadian Border Services Agency during a routine
inspection in Burnaby, BC and referred the case to the Canadian Food Inspection
The importation of pork
legs from China is prohibited by legislation as that country is not designated
as free from reportable diseases such as FMD.
There was, however, no
indication that this shipment was infected with a foreign animal
The CFIA is responsible for enforcing a variety of federal
legislation including the Health of Animals Act and its regulations.
also protects consumers by contributing to food safety, the protection of plants
and the health of animals in Canada.
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