Cuts to Canada’s food inspection programs have created a “double standard,” where meat sold to Canadians is not as well inspected than that destined for export, according to the union that represents inspectors.
“These are more than just numbers on paper,” Agriculture Union president Bob Kingston said. “Lives are at risk, [there’s] the real likelihood that people will die. And I hope they wake up to this.”
At a news conference in Edmonton today, Kingston said since January, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has quietly rolled back inspections at meat plants in northern Alberta. Increased inspections were put in place following a 2008 listeriosis outbreak tied to Maple Leaf Foods products, which resulted in 22 deaths. Click here to read more.