Federal government invests in technology to identify pathogens after consumers have already been made sick
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”.
Ottawa (March 16, 2016) – The food inspection deficit that has left Alberta meat plants short-handed for more than a year is a now a national problem according to a new Abacus Data survey of front line food inspectors which found widespread staff shortages and concern that food safety is threatened, particularly in meat plants.
No, the U.S. is not going to ban Canadian meat imports — But an audit by U.S. inspectors still raises concerns about Canadian meat production.
Ottawa (1 March, 2016) – American food safety regulators have given the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) until the middle of March to fix significant food safety issues found during an audit of the CFIA’s meat, poultry and egg products inspection systems.
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.
The union representing Canada’s meat inspectors claims that planned budget cuts will result in the spread of more food-borne diseases across the country.
The union representing Canada’s meat inspectors says slaughter facilities in Manitoba are severely understaffed and public safety is at risk.
Winnipeg (20 August 2015) By a wide margin, Canadians do not trust the food processing industry to police its own safety practices and expect the federal government to ensure that what we eat is safe, according to a new Nanos poll released this morning.
Notice of news conference — Manitoba slaughter houses operate below minimum inspector presence; Nanos survey on food inspection to be released
Ottawa (18 August 2015) – Details of inadequate meat inspection in Manitoba’s federally regulated slaughter houses will be released at a news conference on Thursday, August 20 in Winnipeg.
All federal meat inspection teams responsible for overseeing slaughter plants in Ontario are operating short-staffed — a situation that is putting food safety in the province at risk, Canada’s agriculture union charged Tuesday.
Speaking notes for Bob Kingston, President, Agriculture Union – PSAC and Rob MacDonald, Regional Vice President for Ontario, Agriculture Union – PSAC .
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.
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.
The federal food inspectors union will make an important announcement concerning the state of meat inspection in Ontario tomorrow.