B.C. blueberry packer loses federal license

A Vancouver-area frozen blueberry processor has lost its federal registration over inspectors’ concerns about the plant’s cleanliness and other issues.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which in late April suspended the registration for Can-Pacific Farms, announced Thursday it has instead cancelled the registration for the Surrey-based company, a seasonal processor of frozen blueberries, effective Aug. 1.

Can-Pacific, which has been growing blueberries on 112 acres at Surrey since 2005, saw its federal license suspended April 26 over “non-compliance” with the federal Processed Products Regulations.

Can-Pacific has “failed to provide the CFIA with an acceptable corrective action plan to address issues concerning sanitation, cleanliness, storage and unavailable or inaccurate documentation,” the agency said in Thursday’s release.

The farm had changed ownership in 2012 through a court-ordered sale process, after which it was leased back to the previous operators, who then added freezer equipment at the site.

CFIA in May said there was no food safety risk connected to the plant or the suspension, since it wasn’t yet blueberry season in British Columbia, so the company wouldn’t have been processing any blueberries for export or interprovincial sale.

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B.C. blueberry processor’s registration suspended, May 8, 2013

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