Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Disputes Union Comments on Food Safety

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Disputes Union Comments on Food Safety

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CFIA disputes union comments on food safety

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EDMONTON - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says comments made this week by the union representing Canada's meat inspectors are unnecessarily undermining confidence in the country's food safety system.

A news release signed by president Bruce Archibald says the agency is proud that Canada's food safety system has been rated No. 1 out of 17 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development by the Conference Board of Canada.

On Tuesday, the Agriculture Union, which represents the CFIA's inspectorate, said a critical shortage of inspectors is putting the safety of consumers at risk across the country.

It said only 12 of 18 meat hygiene inspection positions are filled at processing plants in northern Alberta and staff were instructed in January to cut sanitation work by 50 per cent.

The CFIA says the claims that food safety activities have been cut in northern Alberta are false, adding the number of staff in regions fluctuates due to changes in demand for service. …

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