Canada: Another listeria outbreak 'just a matter of time'
The Globe and Mail
National Agriculture Union says more federal inspectors needed to prevent bacteria-laden food from reaching public
Ottawa — From Thursday's Globe and Mail Last updated on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 07:02AM EDT
Another deadly Canadian food crisis is inevitable because the number of federal inspectors at meat processing plants has not increased since last year, when listeriosis claimed 22 lives, the head of the inspectors' union said Wednesday.
Bob Kingston, the president of the National Agriculture Union, told the House of Commons Agriculture committee that the effect of the discovery of the bacteria in Canadian cold cuts was to increase the work but not the number of people charged with ensuring food safety.
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