The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the licence for a popular Edmonton-based food company for non-compliance with meat inspection regulations.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon the CFIA said Aliya’s Foods — a privately owned East Indian food company on Roper Road — failed to "document and address product cooling issues during pre-shipment review, and failed to address allergen control issues."
Aliya’s Foods, which specializes in ready-to-eat desserts, samosas and curries — many of which feature beef and chicken, makes the Chef Bombay line sold by McCain, as well as other several other products sold at Safeway and Trader Joe’s.
According to its website, Aliya’s is the single largest manufacturer of ready-to-eat samosas.
The company will not be allowed to resume business until all necessary corrections have been made.
No product recalls have been made, but the CFIA is prepared to take immediate action should any contaminated products be identified.
In a statement Tuesday evening, Aliya's Foods said the suspension was due to its record-keeping protocols and that food products posed no risk to consumers. The company said the record-keeping problems have now been corrected.
"Our records did not provide clear and concise definitive written evidence that product cooling time requirements were being met, although cooling of products within the plant is within required standards," the statement reads.
There was also no allergen cross contamination, the company said.
"We do not want our customers to misunderstand this suspension as a lack of care for these policies and for the safety of our customers. We have been working very closely with CFIA and continue to do so as we continue to improve our written procedures," said company president Noorudin Jiwani.
This is not the first time Aliya’s Foods has run into trouble with the CFIA.
In December 2012, the company voluntarily recalled its Trader Joe's-brand butter chicken due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.