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Conservatives to eliminate meat inspection programs in three provinces

Secret Treasury Board decision would cut inspection programs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Conservatives to eliminate meat inspection programs in three provincesby the Public Service Alliance of Canada

WINNIPEG, September 18, 2008 — If elected, a federal Conservative government plans to stop delivering provincial meat inspection programs in Manitoba leaving local consumers exposed to the risk of unsafe meat.

The plan is revealed in a secret Treasury Board of Canada decision record, dated May 6, 2008, documenting the acceptance of a proposal concerning "Provincial Meat Slaughter Establishments (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia)" which calls for the "elimination of federal delivery of provincial meat inspection programs."

"Meat produced in provincially registered facilities in Manitoba would not be inspected by anyone under this plan," says Bob Kingston, President of the Agriculture Union — Public Service Alliance of Canada, which has launched www.foodsafetyfirst.ca, a tool for voters to email their local candidates during the federal election to urge them to make a commitment to food safety. The campaign is being organized jointly with the Professional Institute of the Public Service Canada. . .

Links and sources
  Conservatives to kill meat inspection in Manitoba, posted on PSAC website September 18, 2008

Posted: September 18, 2008

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