Monday, March 30, 2015
SUBSCRIBE | LOG IN
Sign up for the free daily email


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.

To View the rest of this article, please choose one of the following

If you are already a subscriber

Subscribe to The Hill Times

Subscribe to the print and electronic editions and get instant access to The Hill Times online.


Quick Purchase

Purchase this weeks' edition of The Hill Times in electronic format (PDF) for $4.00



back to article Cuts to CFIA put food supply at pre-listeriosis outbreak risk: PSAC
Editor’s Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of The Hill Times. Personal attacks, name-calling, offensive language, and unsubstantiated allegations are not allowed.
For more information on our commenting policies, please see our Community Discussion Rules page. If you see a typo or error in a story, report it to us here news@hilltimes.com.

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.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, March 30, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Women of Parliament flock to Women for Nature Hill reception March 30, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Executive Director of Nature Canada, Eleanor Fast giving opening remarks to the full room in 256-S Centre Block, on Tuesday, March 24.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Laureen Harper sharing hiking tales. The two were honoured as the newest members of Women for Nature at the event.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Liberal MP and Women for Nature member Carolyn Bennett spoke about Canadian's connection to the land and the role First Nations play in nature conservation.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May told attendees she was so impressed by Ms. Ambrose and Ms. Harper's hiking adventures that she'd be willing to cut ice from glaciers to make a mean martini if that meant she got to join them.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Earnscliffe's Velma McColl, Conservative MPs Nina Grewal and Joy Smith, and Rona Ambrose's husband Bruce.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
CBC environment reporter Margo McDiarmid chatting with Ms. Harper.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
TransCanada's VP of Community and Sustainability, Andrea Jalbert.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Sustainable Forestry Initiative's Andrew de Vries.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Photographer Michelle Valberg, Greenbridge's Patrick Dion, and 99.7 FM radio host and photographer Sandy Sharkey.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Laureen Harper and Apollo the hawk. Ms. Harper had on her hiking boots for the occasion.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Women for Nature Carolyn Chisholm and Sandra Schwartz.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
iPolitics' Elizabeth Thompson and The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Liberal staffers Vanessa Hage, Kate Van Gerven, Laura LeBel, Elanore Catencero, and Alex Howell.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Laureen Harper, Eleanor Fast, and Rona Ambrose having a laugh.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE