Lax border control leaves Niagara producers vulnerable

Niagara Falls, ON– Two of the four major land crossings from the US into Canada in the Niagara Region are unattended by inspectors from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, leaving agricultural producers in the region wide open to pests and diseases that could devastate the industry and threaten Canada’s bio-security.

Bar-b-quers beware

Every meat slaughter inspection group in Toronto and throughout Ontario is working short-handed, often operating below staffing levels required to ensure meat packing houses are following all safety requirements.

News conference Advisory — Meat inspector survey to be released

A staffing survey of meat inspectors which finds that slaughter houses in Toronto and throughout Ontario are operating shorthanded, some by as much as 40%, will be released at a news conference this morning by the federal food inspectors union. This will be a cautionary tale for Canadians at the height of bar-b-que season.

Survey finds Quebec-wide meat inspector shortage

Montreal – Every federal meat inspection team in the province of Quebec is working shorthanded today, leaving most meat processing and slaughter establishments in the province operating with fewer meat inspectors than are required to ensure compliance with safety requirements.