Wanted: better food safety standards

Survey says Canadian food industry shouldn’t be self-regulating

Faith and trust in Canadian food producers is low these days, according to a new national survey. In the wake of last year’s outbreak of listeriosis-tainted meat, most Canadians are saying that they do not trust companies to regulate themselves, they’d rather have the government do the job. Even the producers seem to support this conclusion, as Michael McCain, head of Maple Leafs foods, admitted that the outbreak was his company’s fault, and not due to problems with government inspectors or regulations. However, 70 per cent of Canadians still want the government to spend more and improve its regulatory practices.

Ottawa Citizen

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