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Listeria outbreak ‘just a matter of time’


August 27, 2009
By Globe and Mail

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Aug. 27, 2009 – Another deadly Canadian food crisis is inevitable because the number of
federal inspectors at meat processing plants has not increased since
last year, when listeriosis claimed 22 lives.

Aug. 27, 2009 – Bob Kingston, the president of the National Agriculture Union, told the
House of Commons Agriculture committee that the effect of the discovery
of the bacteria in Canadian cold cuts was to increase the work but not
the number of people charged with ensuring food safety.

The Canadian Food inspection Agency has made a “herculean" effort to bring about change, Mr. Kingston said.

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“They will always put on the best face," he said. But without an
increase in the number of inspectors, “we think it's just a matter of
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