Farmscape for January 28, 2009 (Episode 3085)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency expects final recommendations
for regulatory changes that will reduce the risk of food becoming
contaminated by listeria by the end of March.
Health Canada is
responsible for setting safety standards for food products produced in Canada
while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is responsible for ensuring those
standards are correctly implemented.
In the wake of last summer's nation-wide listeriosis
outbreak a joint Health Canada-CFIA working group was formed to recommend regulatory changes to
reduce the risk posed by listeria.
CFIA national meat processing specialist Dr. Suzanne Duguette told those on hand last week for the Banff
Pork Seminar the working group has come up with a series of
Clip-Dr. Suzanne Duguette-Canadian
Food Inspection Agency
The working group has come up with
different factors that are being proposed as components in controlling the
risk posed by listeria in ready-to-eat meat
products and these include the mandatory testing by operators of food
contact surfaces for listeria species or listeria monocytogenes as
well as making product testing based on risk presented by products
applicable to all federally registered establishments.
There will be mandatory reporting of any unsatisfactory results for
those two types of testing as well as specifications in methodologies in
In addition to that CFIA will increase its level of product testing
and will reinstate food contact surface testing for listeria
Duguette says public comments on the proposed
changes are now being analyzed and the working group is targeting the end
of March for the release of a final document.
She suggests everybody has to do their part, the consumers as well
as the operators and government, to ensure food safety.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
*Farmscape is a presentation of Sask Pork and Manitoba Pork Council