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Government Must Explain Massive Failure on Food Safety to Canadian Consumers

Government Must Explain Massive Failure on Food Safety to Canadian Consumers

Posted on October 3, 2012

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

“How did the 46 Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspectors in the XL plant miss the evidence that would have prevented the outbreak? Why doesn’t the CFIA have a firm threshold for when companies like XL Foods should divert or dispose of beef that tests positive for E. coli, something which could have prevented this outbreak? Why are the CFIA rules less stringent than what American regulators have said is needed to protect consumers? And why, in the wake of listeriosis, the implementation of all recommendations made in the Weatherhill Report, and the government’s claim that they have hired more inspectors, did CFIA oversight fail so terribly?”