Costco Canada's fish import licence suspended

Canadian Food Inspection Agency calls out retailer for violating federal fish inspection regulations

Canada's food safety watchdog has suspended Costco Canada's fish import licence.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the retail giant is not reliably following food safety controls on a consistent basis.

The agency says Costco is in violation of federal fish inspection regulations and the suspension on imports went into effect on Feb. 26.

It says there is no product recall associated with the licence suspension.

Costco Canada officials were not immediately available for comment.

The company's website indicates it operates 89 warehouse store locations across Canada.

"The CFIA has determined that adequate controls for food safety are not being reliably implemented by the company on a consistent basis, which is in violation of the Fish Inspection Regulations,'' the agency says on its website.

The CFIA says Costco can't import fish products into Canada until is takes corrective action and the agency is satisfied that the chain can effectively manage food safety risks.

Earlier this year, Greenpeace released their annual ranking of supermarkets' sustainable seafood practices. With a 38% score, Costco was the only supermarket to receiving a failing grade from Greenpeace. It took the eight and last spot.

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