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meat recall. food safety

Listeriosis and the danger of privatization

So much for Stevie’s bright idea about handing over more of the food inspection duties to the industry to self-administer. With this recall due to a death of one person and several illnesses caused by listeria, Harper must be rethinking his government’s strategy that was leaked to the media by a (now “ex”) Canada Food Inspection Agency employee.

Under Harper’s plan, the CFIA inspectors would have never caught the problem at the plant and many, many folks – and lots of kids – would probably be dead. Who in their right mind really thinks that putting the surveillance function in the hands of the meat-packing industry would be a safer option???

What a blatant disregard for public health by the Conservatives!