Investigator: no charges in listeria outbreak
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(MEATPOULTRY.com, July 22, 2009)
by Bryan Salvage
OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Due to
numerous contributing factors surrounding Canada’s listeriosis outbreak
last summer traced back to packaged meat products made by a Maple Leaf
Foods Inc. plant in Toronto, an investigator of the outbreak concluded
neither criminal nor civil charges should be brought against the processor
or any other party, according to Bloomberg.
In August 2008, one of
the worst foodborne outbreaks in Canada's history occurred, ultimately
resulting in 22 deaths and many illnesses from listeriosis.
Weatherill, former head of Edmonton's health system, wrote in her report
the outbreak was caused by a lack of attention to food safety by senior
management in the public and private sector. She said at a press conference
in Ottawa on July 21 the Canadian government should ask a third party to
look at the number of food inspectors employed as well as their workload.
"We thought we had a
good food-safety program last August, but our efforts failed with tragic
consequences. Since then, we have transformed every aspect of our
food-safety program," said Michael McCain, Maple Leaf’s president and
chief executive, in a statement.