CBSA and CFIA lay charges following joint investigation into seafood plant


**** CBSA / CFIA Media Release

CBSA and CFIA lay charges following joint investigation into seafood plant

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced charges following a joint investigation with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) into Atlantic ChiCan Seafood, a Nova Scotia based seafood plant.

In collaboration with CFIA, the CBSA investigated allegations that Atlantic ChiCan Seafood was importing live lobster from the U.S. and exporting it to foreign markets as “Product of Canada”. The CBSA investigated and laid three charges under the Customs Act section 153(a) for making false statements regarding the origin, weight and value of exported goods (lobster). The CFIA’s investigation resulted in additional charges being laid under the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

These allegations have yet to be proven in court. Atlantic ChiCan Seafood is scheduled to appear in Yarmouth Provincial Court on May 17, 2021.


“The CBSA is committed to working with our partners to protect the safety and security of Canadians and our economy. Working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency allows each agency to leverage our individual expertise to investigate trade-related crime and combat trade fraud.”

–​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Dominic Mallette, Director, Intelligence & Enforcement – Atlantic Region, Canada Border Services Agency

Quick Facts

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity can anonymously call theBorder Watch Linetoll-free at 1-888-502-9060.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​The CBSA is responsible for the enforcement of theCustoms Actand providing integrated border services that support national security and public safety priorities and facilitate the free flow of admissible persons and legitimate trade, including animals and plants, that meet all requirements under the program legislation.
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​The CFIA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal legislation, acts and regulations, including theSafe Food for Canadians Act.The CFIA is dedicated to safeguarding food, animal, and plant health, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada’s people, environment and economy.

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