The Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced new administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) for businesses that fail to meet the requirements laid out in the Meat Inspection Act (MIA) and Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 (MIR). According to a July 16, 2014, press release, the agency is amending the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations to “allow CFIA inspectors to issue an AMP for noncompliance with 84 provisions of [MIA] and [MIR],” which include items related to both food safety and non-safety issues such as labeling.

“AMPs are an additional tool that will support the CFIA in delivering its mandate for food safety, explained Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada Martine Dubuc. “AMPs do not replace existing inspection and enforcement tools, but instead offer additional flexibility in addressing meat-related violations.”