Canadian Food Recalls By The Numbers

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued 124 recalls for 445 products in 2015. This was down from 180 recalls from the previous year, but what lessons can we learn from the data? See our analysis below the infographic.



To start us off, let’s look at how 2015 was the year that, perhaps more than any other, demonstrated the high cost of recalls and foodborne illness for the food industry. In the United States, this effect was pronounced: the deadly Blue Bell listeria outbreak spurred a recall of all of the company’s products across the country — the first recall in the company’s 108 year history ‐ and it almost caused them to shut their doors for good. The U.S. Department of Justice announced a criminal investigation into the outbreak in December, an ominous sign for Blue Bell executives following the precedent-setting sentencing of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives only a few months earlier. Notably, PCA owner Stewart Parnell was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in distribution of salmonella-tainted products that killed nine people, as well as for obstructing the investigation that followed.

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