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Extension of accredited and certified container sampling programs to flaxseed shipments

In order to preserve access to markets, the Canadian Grain Commission is extending its accredited and certified container sampling programs to those companies that ship Canadian flaxseed by container. This will allow companies shipping flaxseed in containers to ship under the Sampling and testing protocol for flaxseed exported in containers for European Union and Brazil.

Originally, these programs were designed for sending samples to the Canadian Grain Commission for grading only. With flaxseed container shipments:

  • Companies with a Certified Container Sampling Program (CCSP) are responsible for sending samples to a laboratory that has been ISO 17025-accredited to test for the presence of FP967 (CDC Triffid).
  • Alternatively, companies can register to participate in the Accredited Container Sampler Program (ACSP) and use a third-party accredited sampler to take samples at their facility. Under this program, the third party is responsible for sending the sample to a laboratory that has been ISO 17025-accredited to test for the presence of FP967 (CDC Triffid).
  • The results from the laboratory testing must be sent to the company submitting the sample.
  • The company must send the laboratory results along with a request for a Letter of Analysis for Flax Container Protocol to the Canadian Grain Commission by using one of the following forms:
  • The Canadian Grain Commission will issue a Letter of Analysis if the results are negative.
  • Samples collected under this program can also be sent to the Canadian Grain Commission for grading, if shippers need Canadian Grain Commission certification. If Canadian Grain Commission certification is required, include this form with the sample you submit:

For a summary of the processes that grain companies need to follow to participate:

For more information: