Saturday, August 30, 2008

This is what happens when companies are left in charge of food safety



From the Toronto Sun today:

Workers at the Maple Leaf Foods plant linked to a fatal, nationwide listeria outbreak cut corners when they cleaned food processing machines, a longtime employee claims.

"They haven't cleaned some of the machines' (interiors) in four, five years," said the worker, who asked to remain anonymous.

Richard Arsenault, a CFIA manager, told the Sun earlier this week that Maple Leaf conducts visual and sample tests daily and a CFIA inspector would come in for an hour a day to check the company's cleaning records. Maple Leaf, not the CFIA, does the routine checks.

"[CFIA] conducts three or four random tests a year and does one test per product every month," Arsenault said.

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