A southwestern Ontario shell egg producer’s grading station has been reinstated after a four-month federal suspension.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on April 11 suspended the registration for Allan Toby, operating at Owen Sound, Ont., for failure to maintain the operation’s grading station in “required conditions” as per the Egg Regulations.
No food recall was involved in the suspension. CFIA said its inspectors were “concerned about proper sanitation and operating requirements.”
The operation in April had been given until May 12 to meet federal standards or face loss of registration. The facility was reinstated effective Friday.
A grading station is where eggs produced on Canadian egg farms are received, washed, candled, weighed and packed into containers with the applicable federal grade name.
Such stations operate under federal registration, CFIA said, to “ensure (eggs) are handled and packed in a sanitary environment.”
Eggs from federally-registered egg grading stations and graded as Canada A (consumer-grade eggs) must be “clean and free of leaks, cracks or other defects that could present food safety problems.” — AGCanada.com Network