Thanks to the diligence of our border services officers, this is a question you will never need to answer when sitting down at the breakfast table. That’s because the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is your first line of defense when it comes to protecting Canada’s food safety.
Case in point is the recent seizure of 7452 undeclared eggs at Lansdowne Port of Entry. Upon examination, a primary inspection line officer discovered 105 boxes and 40 cartons hidden in an unrefrigerated compartment of a commercial vehicle. The eggs were seized and the driver was fined $1300 and released with a promise to appear in court at a later date.
So how fresh were those eggs? Without knowing exactly how long they were left unrefrigerated, it’s anybody’s guess as to their quality. Would you still take a chance? Neither would we. The CBSA administers over 90 Acts of Parliament and Regulations on behalf of other government departments and agencies, such as the Canada Food Inspection Agency. This ensures that any commercial importations of food, plant or animal products meet the specific import requirements to prevent the risk of bringing diseases, pests or invasive species into Canada.
Now enjoy your breakfast knowing that the CBSA is looking out for you.
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