Food Safety and Quality Assurance
Food quality and safety have emerged as a key consideration in food selection by processors, consumers and regulators. Consumers, in particular, want to have confidence that the food they eat was handled and processed in a safe and consistent way. In order to provide the necessary assurance to consumers for quality and safety, it is essential that a mechanism being placed that enforces regulations and monitors how our food gets processed. In Canada, all lobster products are processed in provincially licensed plants. These plants must adhere to strict regulations as set out in the Fish Inspection Regulations Act and are
enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
To satisfy the Fish Inspection Regulations, all seafood processing plants must implement a Quality Management Plan (QMP). The QMP is an internationally recognized set of standards that govern how food is handled, processed and labeled. The seafood processing plants are audited through a Compliance Verification program initiated by the CFIA to ensure that all plants satisfy the strict regulations imposed by the industry. The food safety programs implemented through the QMP are among the most stringent in the world. Processed lobster products from Canada are assured to be of the highest quality and safety. (See Useful Links for additional information on the QMP program, the Fish Inspection Regulations and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).