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Tell Stephen Harper: action required on listeriosis report

Will report on last summer's outbreak gather dust or garner changes?

Food Safety First presses government to put food safety above tax savingsThe final report on the listeriosis outbreak last summer has now been released. The report was conducted by the Prime Minister's hand picked investigator, Sheila Wetherhill. Among her findings:

• Federal meat inspectors were "stressed" and overworked during the period before victims of Maple Leaf meats began to fall ill

• During the three years leading up to the crisis, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency was so short staffed that it conducted only 25 percent of the required audits of the tainted Maple Leaf Foods factory

• A new inspection program called the Compliance Verification System or CVS, which was introduced only months before the outbreak, never worked from the beginning. Ms Wetherhill condemned the CVS as a program that "needs critical improvements related to its design, planning and implementation".

You can help to make sure Ottawa doesn't simply shelve this report, consigning it to gather dust.

Please send a message to Prime Minister Harper urging him to bolster food safety resources to make sure the food we buy is safe to eat...

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  Tell Stephen Harper: It's time for action on food safety, by Food Safety First, July 2009

Posted: July 30, 2009

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