An editorial in the journal criticizes the Conservative government’s policies, and an accompanying news article reports that changes to meat inspection rules that took effect in April mean contamination at meat processing plants may no longer automatically result in a shutdown.
The changes came to light in a leaked chapter of an updated version of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s manual on meat inspections.
“The current government’s policies have contributed to the unravelling of public health safeguards, with the move to self-inspection by industry and the lack of an independent public health officer,” the journal said in a news release.
“The listeriosis epidemic is a timely reminder that the Harper government has reversed much of the progress that previous governments made on governing for public health,” the lead editorial said.
For example, Harper eliminated the Public Health Agency of Canada’s ministerial seat in cabinet, the creation of which was one of the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health.”
If nobody manages to use this to their advantage I’m gonna taint some meat…or put my taint in some meat…or something.