Tell PM food safety still a priority - Food Safety First Campaign
Positive steps made, but other inspection programs woefully understaffed.
One year after 22 Canadians died from tainted Maple Leaf Foods cold cuts, the federal government has finally stepped forward and made a new investment in food safety. Government safety inspectors will now have more of the resources they need to verify that factories which produce cold cuts and other ready-to-eat meat products are following safety rules.
But other inspection programs remain woefully and dangerously understaffed, according to the public interest watchdog group Food Safety First.
For example, there are only two consumer protection inspectors covering all retail food stores in the entire City of Toronto! And the inspection programs for fish processing and slaughter establishments are almost as short staffed, posing real and significant public health risks.
Before we have another food poisoning outbreak that claims more victims, please ask Prime Minister Harper to fix the food safety deficit. We need more inspectors and less industry self-policing when it comes to safety.
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Fix Canada's Food Safety System Before It's Too Late, from Food Safety First via Care2Petitions
Posted: October 11, 2009
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