Canada Cuts Food Inspector – Animal Vet Jobs- Risks of Food Safety
The Harper government announces radical changes with cuts to food inspector jobs across Canada, ensuring more unsafe foods makes it’s way to Canadian consumers and to their dinner tables.
After the Pink Slime scandal last month in the USA, when it was found that hamburger meat contained left over refuse from slaughter houses you’d think more inspectors were needed.
Under the USDA pink slime that was “not labeled” in human food and normally used for dog food, was sold in hamburger meat as “totally safe” by the USDA and FDA.
Even though food recalls are announced daily in the US and Canada, this will not be the case any longer. For years, hamburger meat recalls took place for salmonella and e.coli found in meats which in some cases (5,000 per year in the USA) causes death.
Corporate Freedom to Self Monitor Means Unsafe Food
We know that big factory food makers like to “cut corners” use scrap dog food as filler for a bigger profit and they have done so. Canadian food recalls include tainted food sold in Canadian manufacturing that go out of business to avoid legal repercussions.
The move announced today, will mean the “Free Markets” literally, freedom from regulations and that the government of Canada will no longer be protecting consumer foods. The announcement states that the corporations will monitor their own products.
The deep cuts to government inspectors means food inspectors and veterinarians in Canada’s food supply will be gone.
The announcement includes 19,200 jobs of food inspectors across Canada, means literally no inspections and that the accuracy of required labels will decline.
The CFIA Canada Food Inspection Agency and it’s veterinarians inspect food coming from the USA at the border, and are Canada’s necessary defense against tainted foods coming from the USA. The function of the CFIA is to also put out recall announcements which will no longer be the case.
How are consumers protected now? The industry will monitor itself.
In 2008 the same Conservative government included the biggest food recall in the Maple Leaf Food scandal of Listeriosis that caused 22 deaths in Canada from deli meats. At the time, the Harper government promised “more food inspections” not less.
This is at a time today, when tainted foods come from China and the USA unlabeled are causing more recalls and more sickness across the border on both sides.
Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and (PIPSC) Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada union leaders say the “volume of job cuts” indicates the Conservatives are going back on their word of limiting cuts to “back office” efficiencies.
Union leader Gary Corbett the President of PIPSC is “very shocked” and outlines the budget cut will impacts thousands of jobs.
Union leader Bob Kingston of PSAC Agriculture Union said “it is impossible to cut that many people and not affect food safety”.
No Government Food Inspections in Canada- 19,200 Jobs Cut by Harper Government follows the USDA cuts in their inspectors as well.
Canadian consumers will be eating more food that isn’t inspected or labeled
including the country of origin when most meat, poultry and pork is now imported from the United States.
More industry self-regulation means large food makers who are the culprit in most food infected with e.coli, bacteria, slime etc will regulate themselves.
It seems Harper is turning over food safety to corporations and is following the USDA Tom Vilsack’s drastic measures to stop food inspections entirely in the USA.
What it means for Canadian and American Consumers:
More tainted foods entering the food supply.
Less safe foods, less regulation of corporate food suppliers.
No charges against factor farm violators who sell tainted food.
Higher medical bills, higher healthcare costs for taxpayers.
More sick children who’s immune system will be damaged.
It means the government no longer will protect consumer food.
Globe and Mail (Update: Globe and Mail has removed this article from the internet. August 24, 2012
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