HOWARDS COVE - A Howards Cove seafood processing plant has not had its registration renewed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
A CIFA spokesperson said, Red Cove seafood processing was allowed to resume operations following an earlier suspension on April 14 under ongoing inspection by CFIA. On May 8, CFIA decided not to renew Red Cove’s registration.
“The CFIA has determined that adequate controls for safety were not reliably implemented in the facility on a regular basis, which is in violation of the fish inspection regulations,” the spokesperson said. “Specifically, Establishment 4233 (Red Cove Seafood Processing) was unable to consistently maintain minimum regulatory standards for construction, equipment sanitation and process controls.”
Licences and registrations of federally registered establishments or companies can be suspended, cancelled or refused renewal for failing to comply with CFIA acts and regulations.
“The safety of consumers is the CFIA’s top priority and the agency will work diligently to ensure that there is no potential risk to customers,” the spokesperson said.
Red Cove also requires a permit from the provincial Department of Fisheries.
A spokesperson from the province said that in order to acquire a provincial permit, a company needs to be licensed by CFIA.
The province did issue its permit to the company on April 14 but suspended it on May 8 following the move by CFIA.
The CFIA suspended operations at Red Cove on two earlier occasions.
On Sept. 27, 2013, the company had its licence suspended after the CFIA determined that “adequate controls for safety were not reliably implemented in the facility on a regular basis.” Red Cove was back in business on Oct. 9, 2013, but suspended once again for the same violation on Nov. 1, 2013.
Calls and emails to the company were not returned.