Food safety concerns cost seafood plant its registration
Red Cove plant in Cape Wolfe, P.E.I. shut down three times in the past
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has not renewed the registration of a P.E.I. seafood processor, citing food safety concerns.
The Red Cove plant at Cape Wolfe in western P.E.I. was registered to process lobster, crab and mollusks. The CFIA says the registration was not renewed, effective May 8, 2014.
The agency says that means the facility is ineligible to produce products for export both inter-provincially and internationally.
A CFIA spokesperson wrote in an email to CBC News, "The CFIA has determined that adequate controls for food safety were not reliably implemented in the facility on a consistent basis, which is in violation of the Fish Inspection Regulations."
The agency said the plant was "unable to consistently maintain minimum regulatory standards for construction and equipment, sanitation and process controls."
The provincial government confirms it awarded the plant a lobster licence in late April.
In an email to CBC a spokesperson for the provincial department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development said, "The Department works closely with CFIA and if a seafood company does not comply with requirements, government will take the appropriate action to protect the industry."
The provincial minister was not available for comment.
The CFIA has closed down the Red Cove plant on three occasions. Most recently, it was closed Nov. 1 of last year, and allowed to reopen April 14, 2014.
The plant's licence was also suspended from Sept. 27 to Oct. 9 of last year, and from Nov. 1 to Dec. 26, 2011.
The owner of the plant, Jamie Rayner, told CBC he was not at liberty to discuss the issue and that more information would come out "over the next period of time."
The CFIA says the company has been informed it can appeal the agency's decision.