Ask the Health Minister to act before the next outbreak

In 2012, a law was passed by MPs in the House of Commons to make sure our food safety regulator has the resources needed to keep our food safe.

Four years later, the audit required by the Safe Food for Canadians Act has not even started and the way things are going it won’t be done for years, maybe even a decade after it was first called for!

Why is it urgent that this unfinished business be done now?

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is transforming its inspection systems to cope with the shortage of inspectors. 

Everything is changing.

This is like déjà vu all over again.  The last time the CFIA did something similar was just before the Maple Leaf Food listeriosis outbreak that killed 22 people.  The investigation into the disaster concluded:

  • Too few inspectors were on the job prior to the outbreak, and
  • Just before the outbreak, a new inspection system was “implemented without a detailed assessment of the resources available”.

Please send a message to Minister Philpott urging her to act now before the next outbreak.


Hon. Jane Philpott
Minister of Health
 

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CC:
  • MP Colin Carrie, Conservative Party Health Critic
  • MP Don Davies, NDP Health Critic
  • Your Local MP