Here is some food for thought.
A survey commissioned by the union that represents food safety inspectors reveals about 70 per cent believe Canada will likely face a major food-borne illness due to food safety shortcomings.
According to officials represented by Canada’s Agriculture Union, there aren’t enough front-line staff to ensure rules designed to protect consumers are followed.
The survey finds this to be especially true in meat plants. It also indicates the risk is being amplified by uncertainty over changes being planned to the system by The Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Back in 2007, certain changes gave food companies more responsibility for documenting their safety practices, resulting in meat inspectors spending more time sifting through paper work than keeping an eye on operations at various meat plants.
In 2008, an outbreak of listerioisis from a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto killed 21 people.