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BTC: Still nothing to see here


 

The Toronto Star and CBC roll out a joint investigation on food safety, linking the present situation to a 2005 report that highlighted various shortcomings in the system.

And the critics continue to rave.

The review contains “shocking” examples of incompetence, says Michael McBane, national co-ordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition. And holes in the food safety system are growing, he says. “The Harper government has made a bad situation worse by going with further self-inspection measures, moving to more deregulation, more voluntary compliance,” he said. “I think all parties need to rethink this. And I think Canadians need to push all parties to get a clear commitment to revert to government regulation”…

Amir Attaran, a member of the University of Ottawa’s faculties of medicine and law, fears for the public’s safety. “Because of some decisions to deregulate food inspections … it’s fair to say that the government is endangering Canadians’ lives three times a day: It’s called breakfast, lunch and dinner,” said Attaran, one of the editors at the Canadian Medical Association Journal who demanded a public inquiry into the listeriosis outbreak in its most recent edition. “Unless we have a very serious look at food safety regulation to re-empower food inspectors … we’re going to see (a major outbreak) happen again,” he said…

Doug Powell, a Canadian food safety expert working at Kansas State University, said any warnings officials received from the review appear to have been ignored. “It’s contentment with mediocrity. The bureaucrats don’t seem to care very much. They all talk a good game, but they never think it will happen to them, so they just go on.”


 

BTC: Still nothing to see here

  1. Indeed, there is something to see here. Governments (and by extension, bureaucrats) of all stripes fail to understand some of the basics of governing. They all talk a good line during election campaigns then proceed to pander to those wheels that squeak loudest or with most dollars–and damn the electorate.

    Is it any wonder people are so disengaged and do not trust politicians?

  2. So the government food inspectors have been screwing up for years. From the CBC report:

    “Many of the concerns highlighted in the 2005 review were raised in two previous internal reviews dating back to when the agency was first established, in 1997. Canada’s auditor general also expressed similar concerns in 2000.”

    “It’s contentment with mediocrity. The bureaucrats don’t seem to care very much. They all talk a good game, but they never think it will happen to them, so they just go on.”

    So the Libs have been screwing up food safety for years, and the bureaucrats don’t care because they think it’ll never happen to them. Nice. No wonder the CPC wanted to let the industry self inspect. Clearly something else that bureaucrats are just not able to do well.

  3. Oh, that’s some wild extrapolation of guilt here, john g. Was not Harper’s promise during the last election to ‘clean up’ Ottawa? So he comes to power, and puts his head in the sand with respect to advice and warnings about food safety. And you blame the party in opposition and the bureacrats???? Good one. That’s like me going at 150km/h down the highway and blaming the cops for not having stopped me.
    Forget about the food, it’s your kool-aid that’s tainted.

  4. Ah, so what you’re saying john, is that the conservatives think the answer to “They’re not doing a great job” is to say “Well, we just won’t do the job at all then, that way nobody can blame us, and who cares what happens to everybody else.”

    Although.. I’ll admit, that does tend to fit with the conservative attitude.

    With us, or against us.
    Our policy or election.
    Jail time or nothing.
    Elitist attitudes, or good working folk.

    The idea of compromise, cooperation, or middle-ground really is that much of an athema to you and other conservatives, isn’t it?

    I’ll admit, seeing the world in only black and white does make things easier.

    Too bad reality is mostly grey.

  5. “So the Libs have been screwing up food safety for years, and the bureaucrats don’t care because they think it’ll never happen to them. Nice. No wonder the CPC wanted to let the industry self inspect. Clearly something else that bureaucrats are just not able to do well.”

    How predictable. Can you actually read?

  6. Moving food inspection from health and creating CFIA under Agriculture was a Liberal decision which made inspection an industry rather than consumer issue. I imagine that is hamstringing their ability to strike the Tories effectively. As in several other areas, the Tories are exploiting opportunities based on prior Liberal acts.

  7. I think I will actually fall down the first time I see a sympathizer from any angle say, clearly and unequivocally, on any issue, “our side messed up”. No excuses, no buts, no “the other guys…”. There’s plenty here to go around. Everybody take a bite of the s*&t sandwich and smile.

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