Wed Sep 3, 2008 3:51pm EDT
Source of Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN0328862520080903
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept 3 (Reuters) - The Canadian government will launch an independent probe into the outbreak of listeriosis food poisoning linked to tainted meat, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday.
Harper told an
The outbreak has been linked to more than a dozen confirmed or suspected deaths, and involved deli-style products from Maple Leaf Foods (MFI.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Canada's largest meat processor.
Harper, who is widely expected to call an election in the next few days, said he would set up the investigation once the outbreak is over so the federal government can "get to the bottom" of what happened.
He said he recognized the company had accepted responsibility for the outbreak, but an independent investigation was still needed to determine what went wrong.
Last week the prime minister defended the government's moves to have the industry play a larger role in inspecting food, calling the safety of the country's food supply a shared responsibility.
Maple Leaf has
voluntarily pulled from the market more than 200 products made at the affected
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