Research shows most CFIA programs are currently short staffed approximately 30%. A survey of frontline inspectors that was characterized by the CFIA witness as an “overstatement” found that more than half (55%) describe the current complement of inspection staff in their immediate work group as “inadequate to complete all tasks needed to ensure compliance with food safety requirements”.
Speaking notes for Bob Kingston, President, Agriculture Union – PSAC and Rob MacDonald, Regional Vice President for Ontario, Agriculture Union – PSAC .
On January 5th this year, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency quietly established a double inspection standard for meat produced in northern Alberta.
Yesterday in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Harper said: “Mr. Speaker, as soon as the information about the contamination (at XL Foods) first became available on September 4, the agency acted to contain contaminated product, and it has been acting ever since then.