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Seal Meat Quality Assurance

Canada is well recognized for its agri food products quality and safety, and the regulations for seal meat products are no different than other seafood or meat products. Learn more about seal meat quality control in Canada.

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  • Increase energy
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Red blood cell formation
  • Boosts immune system
  • Repairs body tissues
  • Improves muscle function

Seal Meat Quality Control

Canada is well recognized for its agri food products quality and safety, and the regulations for seal meat products are no different than other seafood or meat products.  Here are some useful information to learn more about seal meat quality assurance in Canada.

CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible to establish policies and standards for the safety and nutritional quality of seal meat sold in Canada. Seal meat meets all health and safety requirements pertaining to mercury, heavy metals and other pollutants as determined by the CFIA.

 

CFIA also implements the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) which are aligned with internationally recognized standards, such as Codex Alimentarius, for food safety and consumer protection requirements. Under the SFCR, food businesses are required to prepare, keep and maintain a written Preventive Control Plan (PCP) to demonstrate how hazards and risks to food are addressed.

Codes of Practice

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is in charge to develop and enforce the Codes of practice or the Harvest, Transport, Processing, and Export of Seal Products Intended for Human Consumption.  This Code Of Practice is intended to establish controls pertaining to the entire chain of events from harvest to final packaging of seal meat products for domestic consumption or export.

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Seal meat processing in a CFIA approved facility in Newfoundland.

Approved Establishments

In Canada, it’s the CFIA who is responsible to authorize food processing and export activities through licensing. Here is a list of CFIA Approved Establishments maintained and approved by CFIA for export.

 

Here are some examples of exports requirements for edible seal meat products in South Korea and Hong Kong.

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Seal meat processing in a CFIA approved facility in Newfoundland.

Provincial

Several provinces have their own regulations for seal products that are processed and sold within that same province.

 

In all Canadian provinces or territories, seal is considered as a “fish” because it lives in water. However, in the province of Quebec, seal is considered as meat because it is a mammal.

 

 Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Quebec

In the province of Quebec, seal is considered as meat because it is a mammal. This disagreement on seal product regulations has slowed down market development and responsible resource management for many years. SeaDNA ,https://www.seadna.ca/seal-cuts-phoconailles/

 

You can find below more information about the seal meat industry in Quebec:

In the Quebec province, the processing know-how for seal meat comes from Mr. Réjean Vigneau, from the Magdalen Islands (Îles-de-la-Madeleine), a small island located East of the province of Quebec. Mr. Vigneau worked closely with the MAPAQ in order to develop harvesting, conservation and processing protocols for high quality seal meat.SeaDNA ,https://www.seadna.ca/seal-cuts-phoconailles/

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MAGDALEN ISLANDS, QUEBEC - Rejean Vigneau fillets a harp seal at an abattoir. Rejean is co-owner of Boucherie Cote a Cote and the only butcher in Canada to specialize in seal meat. March 19, 2013. RANDY RISLING/TORONTO STAR
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