June 19, 2018

Canada Wants Option to Fine Meat Plants for Violations

The Canadian government wants to have the power to fine meat processing plant that violate food safety rules, according to CTVnews. Lisa Murphy, a CFIA spokeswoman, said that “these proposed new fines demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that Canada’s stringent food safety requirements are being followed.”

Chicken CarcassesNow, food inspectors can only issue written warnings, or can suspend a facility’s license and shut it down, as is the case in the United States. This proposed measure may have been prompted by the huge recall of beef products from the now defunct XL Foods plant in 2012. Beef from that facility caused an E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak that sickened 18 people.

The proposed fines range from $2,000 to $15,000. The meat packing industry is questioning why they are being singled out, and why other facilities that process other foods will not receive the same treatment. It is true that the most common foods that cause fatal food poisoning illnesses are meat and poultry, but the food category that causes most illnesses overall is produce.

 

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