Canada Issues Recommendations to Enhance Food Safety Following 2008 Listeria OutbreakMonday, June 22, 2009
(American Meat Institute)
A comprehensive analysis by the Canadian Parliament’s Food Safety Subcommittee following last summer’s listeriosis outbreak contains more than a dozen areas for improvement, including the implementation of food safety programs such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), traceability, a collaborative effort with the U.S. to develop a common approach to food safety standards, an enhanced foodborne illness surveillance system, better inter-agency protocols and increased inspection resources.
The report, entitled “Beyond the
Listeriosis Crisis: Strengthening the Food
Safety System,” was compiled after a series
of public hearings between April and June 2009
on a number of issues related to food safety
and the role that industry and the government
need to play in ensuring the safety of the food
supply. The hearings included
testimony from various members of the Canadian
government, producers, processors and other
Hodges told members of the committee that
ultimately, the responsibility for producing
safe food rests with the manufacturer.
“The government, whether it be in the
Hodges pointed out that the meat and poultry industry has been a strong advocate of a preventative approach and in fact petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to mandate HACCP plans in meat and poultry plants. That requirement took effect a decade ago and has helped enhance meat and poultry safety.
The report, which cites AMI at several points, notes that if the 14 changes are fully implemented, the Subcommittee “believes these recommendations will improve the Canadian food safety system and mitigate future tragedies.”
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