Ont. cucumber producer fined over grading

A southern Ontario company growing cucumbers hydroponically has been slapped with a $1,500 fine over products that didn’t match their stated grade, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

CFIA said in a release Tuesday that Flavour Pict Produce of Leamington, Ont. was convicted April 14 for an offence under the federal Agricultural Products Act and has been ordered to pay the fine.

The conviction stems from a routine CFIA inspection of Flavour Pict’s produce and packing operations in August 2007, the agency said Tuesday.

CFIA said its inspectors found several pallets of greenhouse cucumbers in cartons marked as Canada No. 1 grade, but the cucumbers “did not meet various requirements of the grade as specified in the established standards.”

The inspectors therefore detained the product and the company later pled guilty to one count of violating the Act, CFIA said.

Flavour Pict, owned by the Sabelli family, produces English seedless cucumbers at its Leamington facility and has operated for almost 50 years.

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