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Canadian Medical Association wants full inquiry into Canada's tainted meat scandal

Death toll already double that of Walkerton E. coli outbreak.

Health Minister Gerry RitzOTTAWA, September 5, 2008 — With each passing day of the Oct 14 federal election campaign, the call by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) for a full-inquiry into Canada's tainted meat scandal becomes more relevant and urgent.

When the CMA made the call last week, condemning the Harper Conservatives for putting Canadians at risk with lax food inspection standards, debate was focused on the tainted meat scandal at Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto that has so far claimed 18 lives.

Now, a Toronto Star/CBC investigation has revealed that a major review of Canada's food recall system identified serious problems in 2005 that posed a threat to public safety. The review was not released.

The findings of the review — spotting inspections, delays in warning the public about tainted food and a lack of follow-up to prevent repeated outbreaks — were identified in the report by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). . .

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  CMA wants full inquiry into Canada's tainted meat scandal, posted by NUPGE, September 25, 2008

Posted: September 25, 2008

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