B.C. blueberry processor’s registration suspended

A Vancouver-area frozen blueberry processor’s federal registration has been pulled pending “corrective actions” over the plant’s cleanliness and other issues.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Monday it has suspended the registration for Can-Pacific Farms, a “seasonal processor” of frozen blueberries at Surrey.

Since it’s not yet blueberry season in British Columbia, the company isn’t processing any blueberries for export or interprovincial sale, thus there’s no food safety risk connected to the plant or the suspension, CFIA said.

Can-Pacific drew the suspension after it “failed to implement corrective actions addressing issues concerning operations, sanitation, cleanliness, storage, and unavailable or inaccurate documentation,” CFIA said.

Can-Pacific has been growing blueberries on 112 acres at Surrey since 2005.

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

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