Letter to Bill Casey, Chair of the Standing Committee on Health

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”.

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.

News conference Speaking Notes

Speaking notes for Bob Kingston, President, Agriculture Union – PSAC and Rob MacDonald, Regional Vice President for Ontario, Agriculture Union – PSAC .

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.