A bureaucratic oversight over the import of tuna in olive oil from Italy landed Costco Wholesale in hot water with Canadian regulators, the company said Monday.

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A bureaucratic oversight over the import of tuna in olive oil from Italy landed Costco Wholesale in hot water with Canadian regulators, the company said Monday.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said in a statement dated March 13 that it suspended Costco’s license to import fish into its Canadian stores, alleging the Issaquah company is not reliably and consistently implementing “adequate controls for food safety.”

The suspension became effective Feb. 26, and will remain in place until authorities are convinced that Costco can “effectively manage food safety risks.”

Craig Wilson, Costco’s vice president for quality and food safety, said in an interview that it incurred the regulator’s wrath after its Canadian operations failed to file paperwork for two containers of tuna in olive oil that the company imported from Italy. Wilson said that the tuna in question is the only item affected by the suspension; other fresh seafood comes into Canada through a different license, he said.

Wilson acknowledged the mistake and said the company is meeting with Canadian officials on Wednesday to make sure it doesn’t happen again.