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Children's Food Tested for Pesticide Residues and Metals-99.7% Compliant

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/14 -- Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) annual monitoring of various food products, a report released today found that the overall compliance rate of the 2011-2012 Children's Food Project was 99.7 per cent.

More than 2,300 tests were performed on 710 samples, producing over 286,000 results. The study targeted foods commonly consumed by children aged 2 to 15 years, with a focus on foods marketed for school lunches such as cookies, crackers and dried fruit, as well as cereal, dairy, fruit and vegetable based products.

All samples were analyzed for pesticide residues and 20 different metals. Survey results for metals were reviewed by Health Canada and were considered to be consistent with the low levels of metals observed in previous surveys of retail foods. No safety concerns were identified and Health Canada used this data to update its dietary exposure assessments for certain metals. Two samples exceeded established maximum pesticide residue limits; however, neither was found to pose a health concern. Therefore, no recalls were required as a result of this survey.

Quick Facts

--  When elevated levels of metals or pesticide residues are detected,
    Health Canada may conduct a human health risk assessment to determine if
    the metal or pesticide poses a safety concern based on the concentration
    present in the food, expected frequency of exposure and contribution to
    the overall diet. These factors help determine whether risk management
    is needed, up to and including removal of the product from store shelves
    and the issuance of a public recall notice.

--  This and other studies are part of the CFIA's ongoing surveillance of
    foods sold in Canada to help maintain a safe food supply for Canadian
    families and their children.

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2011-2012 Children's Food Project Executive Summary

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Chemical Residues / Microbiology Targeted Surveys

Michael Bolkenius
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Health

Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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