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Cuts to CFIA put food supply at pre-listeriosis outbreak risk: PSAC

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz tells The Hill Times that there would be ‘no changes’ to frontline food inspection, but emerging details of ‘streamlining’ at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency tell another story.

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times
Beef on a bun: Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, pictured in this file photo at a function on Parliament Hill to promote beef, said there will be no changes in frontline inspectors at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, despite $56-million cuts to the CFIA between 2012 and 2015.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz insists that cuts to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the federal government’s 2012 budget won’t compromise food safety, but the Public Service Alliance of Canada says that job cuts at the agency will roll back improvements to food inspection that were made in response to the 2008 listeriosis outbreak.

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Cuts to CFIA put food supply at pre-listeriosis outbreak risk: PSAC

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz tells The Hill Times that there would be ‘no changes’ to frontline food inspection, but emerging details of ‘streamlining’ at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency tell another story.

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times
Beef on a bun: Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, pictured in this file photo at a function on Parliament Hill to promote beef, said there will be no changes in frontline inspectors at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, despite $56-million cuts to the CFIA between 2012 and 2015.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz insists that cuts to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the federal government’s 2012 budget won’t compromise food safety, but the Public Service Alliance of Canada says that job cuts at the agency will roll back improvements to food inspection that were made in response to the 2008 listeriosis outbreak.

  

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