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Conservatives Must Explain Why They Waited to Inform Canadians About E. coli Crisis

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Conservatives Must Explain Why They Waited to Inform Canadians About E. coli Crisis

Posted on October 5, 2012

OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae asked the Conservative government the following questions today in Question Period on the E. coli outbreak:

“Why did the CFIA wait until September 27 to shut down XL Food’s operations in Canada, when XL Foods was removed from the list of companies that could ship meat to the United States two week earlier?

Why did CFIA wait until September 28 to publicly announce that XL Foods had been de-listed from being able to ship meat to the United States?

Given that CFIA has 46 inspectors stationed in the XL Foods plant that do weekly checks to ensure that XL Foods complies with their CFIA-approved food safety plan, why did none of the CFIA inspections between when the contamination first occurred (August 23-24) and when the United States first made Canada aware of a positive E. coli test (September 3) turn up any problems?”

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