Canada Keeps Importing US Beef After Mad Cow Scare
Canada is one of the USA’s major buyers of US beef, and even after the Mad Cow Scare they will continue to import US beef regardless of a failure to inspect slaughtering houses by the US Dept. of Agriculture.
Many critics said when the Pink Slime scandal broke a month ago, in March 2012 that this was “only the tip of the iceberg” and that seems to be the case.
The USDA only inspects “Rendering Plants” not slaughter houses which goes into the food supply. Rendering plants, render cows for other uses, but slaughterhouses go into the food chain for human consumption.
Last week, Tom Vilsack stated he was ready to cut food inspector jobs that would identify bacteria, infections and Mad Cow diseases by the thousands. At the same time, PM Stephen Harper indicated in his new budget that 19.,200 food Inspectors at the US border would be cut also. With both countries cutting food inspectors the same theme is present:
To allow large factory food corporations to inspect themselves, despite the fact that recalls are posted almost daily on the USDA and Canadian Food Inspection Agency websites. These policies by both the USA and Canada would endanger lives, and ensure higher healthcare costs as people end up in the hospital after eating food.
Mad Cow disease, e.coli, salmonella and MRSA have been found in US beef no matter if it was found at a rendering plant or a slaughterhouse the dangers are present.
Higher cases of food borne illness is costing citizens from loss of work, sickness, bacterial infections and plainly both governments have teamed up to allow this to continue. The filth is also costing US exports of meat, as South Korea has put a ban on US meat due to the Mad Cow disease found in four cows in California.
Costs to the Economy of Lax Food Inspections and Factory Farms
The costs to both countries in terms of exports is plainly due to poor standards on both sides of the border.
On March 20, 2012 Canada had a beef recall for e.coli of 135 meat products!! 135 products consumers buy daily in Canada were infected with e.coli. From hamburger to cold cuts, to beef steak, these products were sold to hotels, restaurants and institutional buyers such as schools, or hospitals.
See: Toronto Star Article March 20, 2012
The company New Food Classics, a Canadian company responsible for this outbreak was allowed to go out of business, a technique being used in the US to avoid criminal charges, court costs for being sued or any legal responsibility in lawsuits. The company is called:
New Food Classics is located in St. Catharines, Hamilton in Ontario and in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The company was allowed to go out of business before the food recall was announced and with no responsibility or fines.
See: CBC News
Canadian Government Protecting Corporate Food Operators after E.Coli Outbreak
Government and Corporate Food Profits
The Canadian government obviously did not inspect this company and yet the plant has operations in two provinces: Ontario and Saskatchewan.
In the year 2000, the meat was contaminated from this company with E.Coli Strain O157:H7 that killed seven people in Walkerton, Ontario.
Therefore, New Food Classics had a history of tainted meat and yet was allowed to continue production by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
We can only assume that both countries have agreed to allow more poisons into the food supply to ensure corporations make bigger profits, without inspections and without concern for the public’s safety.
The public will not buy these new policies and demand of their respective governments that food inspection agencies “step up the monitoring” for poison in their food, not reduce the inspections.
By both governments allowing food companies such as New Food Classics and Beef Products Inc., to declare bankruptcy after an outbreak is discovered is aiding these corporations to evade legal responsibility.
The taxpayer ends up paying for higher healthcare costs, and if deaths occur these company’s and their CEO’s can escape culpability. A system where the government helps the evasion of legal responsibility of these dirty food operators.
New Food Classics produced hamburgers for major food restaurants such as:
Heros, Licks, The Keg, Loblaws, Maple Lodge Farms, Grillhouse, Western Family, Country Morning, and Metro. These products were also falsely labeled as:
Prime Rib Beef Burgers, Angus Beef Burgers, and Sliders.
At the time of the outbreak in March, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not report whether the hamburger meat contained Pink Slime found in the USA, or whether the company imported Pink Slime from the United States.
New Food Classics went into receivership on February 22, 2012
New Food Classics also received a 1 Million dollar grant from the Ontario Govt., to establish a business in the meat food business.
See Complete List of Beef Affected by E.Coli
Canada Food Inspection Agency
More Reading at:
Reuters: Buyers of US Beef keep Importing after Mad Cow Disease
Gossip on This: USDA Purchases 7 Million Pounds of Pink Slime for Schools