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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:15 am 
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Would they please hurry up!

CFIA delays implementation of key food-testing requirement
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | 9:55 AM ET Comments13Recommend20
CBC News

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has delayed an important element of its new listeria-testing policy in meat processing plants.

In February, the CFIA announced a new policy requiring companies to report the results of internal tests directly to the agency inspectors before CFIA meat inspectors conduct their own tests for Listeria monocytogenes, the deadly strain of bacteria linked to the deaths of 21 people.

But according to an internal memo obtained by the CBC and Toronto Star, the agency has suspended its own tests until April 1. ... -cfia.html

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:45 am 
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As a result, the agency is in the process of training inspectors, he says. That is expected to be completed by April 1, but in the meantime, companies will continue conducting their own tests and submitting positive results to the agency.

A second internal memo obtained by the CBC and Toronto Star acknowledges that inspectors haven't been doing any of their own tests for three years, which could explain the delay while training is conducted.

In a move toward deregulation of the industry in 2005, the CFIA handed companies the responsibility for testing their own products.

The new policy's testing protocols come after a joint investigation by the Star and the CBC unearthed numerous monitoring problems on meat production lines.

The joint investigation found that shortly before the listeria outbreak last summer, the CFIA dropped a requirement compelling companies to inform inspectors when they had positive test results. That oversight has since been corrected.

They weren't doing their own tests and companies were not required to report positive test reults? :shock:

I am glad this is being corrected but...why do people have to die before an oversight is recognized?

So, they're in the process of training the inspectors on how to inspect as they are out of practice after 3 years... :roll:

Is April 1st going to be a big April Fools joke?

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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