Liberals recall agriculture committee to get food safety answers

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Published on 24 August 2009

OTTAWA - Liberals are breaking the Harper government out of their inaction on the listeriosis outbreak by recalling the Agriculture committee to question government officials about their plans to implement the recommendations of the Weatherill Report.

"Our food safety system broke down when 22 people died last year from eating tainted meat," said Liberal Agriculture Critic Wayne Easter. "In her investigation, Sheila Weatherill found some very serious problems with how the crisis was handled. We need to examine discrepancies between the food safety committee and Ms. Weatherill's report, and find out why the government is not immediately implementing the recommendations for improving Canada's food safety system."

Liberal Health Critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett said the committee - which is required to meet this week - also wants to question Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

"We simply want to know what his government has done to try and improve Canada's food safety system in response to Ms. Weatherill's recommendations," said Dr. Bennett.

"This is about the health of Canadians, it's about the strength of our food safety system, so we believe it's important that people know what their government is doing to protect them from tainted food."



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