CFIA Gets Serious About Prosecuting Food Fraud by Glen Jameson

In July 2014, a three-year investigation by the CFIA into the operations of Mucci International Marketing Inc. and Mucci Pac Ltd. found that $1 Million worth of tomatoes labeled as a “Product of Canada” were, in fact, imported from Mexico. The investigation resulted in charges being laid against these companies as well as two Mucci Farms executives and on June 6, 2016, CFIA issued massive penalties against Mucci Farms: the corporations were convicted and fined $1.2 million and sentenced to three years of probation and the executives were fined $150,000 each and sentenced to three months of probation.  With victim fine surcharges, the total fine meted out could eclipse $1.9 million.

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Know your picanhas from your kogelbiefstuk, CFIA and USDA create uniform meat cuts by Glen Jameson

In a world of near-infinite ways to butcher beef and other meats, North America has decided upon one unified way to prepare chicken breasts, beef hips and lamb chops and legs, which will now have the same meaning both north and south of the 49th parallel.

Great news for an importing/exporting wholesaler. And if you like your meat some other way (particularly if it crosses over cuts), remember to seek out and thank your local butcher who buys whole/half cows and can still make your picanha world cup dreams come true. #Brazil2014