VANCOUVER, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The recent recall of ground beef
products due to E. coli contamination confirms the public's concern
about cuts to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, according to the
Public Service Alliance of Canada.
In a recent telephone survey of 1,035 British Columbia residents 68% of
respondents opposed reductions in staff responsible for food safety at
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, including 48% strongly opposed and
just 16% in favour, with 15% undecided.
"The XL Foods voluntary recall is the perfect example of why we need to
keep and strengthen food inspection, and British Columbians are well
aware of that." said Bob Jackson, PSAC Regional Executive-Vice
President for British Columbia, "as a former meat inspector, I've seen
first hand how CFIA has slowly allowed the meat industry to self-police
"It's obvious British Columbians are opposed to this model. The public
would prefer a federally-appointed inspector - independent from the
industry - inspect and monitor the meat that ends up on their plates,"
he continues, "The Government needs to protect and enchance our food
inspection system, not make more cuts and further deregulate the
Representing 185,000 workers across the country, including 16,500 in BC,
PSAC is Canada's largest federal public sector union.
SOURCE: Public Service Alliance of Canada
For further information:
Patrick Bragg, PSAC Communications, cell: (778) 889-3486