Safety testing by food industry in Canada started since March, report says

Safety testing by food industry in Canada started since March, report says

 

680News staff | Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 8:01 am

 

Source of Article:  http://www.680news.com/news/headlines/more.jsp?content=20080827_080021_34356

 

As the number of people affected by a listeriosis outbreak continues to grow, the food industry was given the authority to conduct its own safety testing in the months leading up to the crisis.

The Globe and Mail has learned the federal agency responsible for food safety had started allowing the industry to play a greater role in the inspection process.

The paper reported the industry began conducting its own safety testing as early as last March.

Ontario Health Minister David Caplan fired back at the opposition, after he was criticized for his silence in the wake of the outbreak.

He said he's been in constant contact with health officials, who have done a great job.

Meanwhile, the family of one of six Ontarians killed by the bacteria has come forward.

They said that 89-year-old Frances Clark was vital and healthy before she came down with the illness, and suddenly died.

 

 

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