Technically, it is “visible fecal and intestinal contamination” so it is not just “shit“we are talking about here! CTV News reported in a shocking exclusive news tonight that Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) beef inspectors at the XL Foods plant in southern Alberta where E. coli crisis sparked Canada’s largest meat recall were actually “ordered to turn a blind eye to contamination on carcasses being processed for sale to Canadians“! And this official directive has been in place for the last four years!
According to CTV News (with emphasis added),
“The 2008 memo written by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) meat hygiene supervisor at the Brooks, Alta., plant, obtained by CTV, instructed CFIA inspectors stationed at one of the plant’s final inspection stops to give extra scrutiny to carcasses shipped to Japan, but to ignore visible fecal and intestinal contamination on meat for Canadians. […]
“There’s one standard for beef being shipped to Japan and there’s another standard for beef being shipped elsewhere,” said Doug O’Halloran, president of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 401. “It is incredible that you could allow material to leave the plant that could have contamination on it just because it’s not going to Japan.
“No disrespect to Japan, but what about the rest of the human beings in the world? It’s like we’re second class citizens,” he said.
The memo — dated Sept. 12, 2008 — was sent to CFIA inspection staff at the Brooks, Alta., plant and was re-issued to them again in 2010 and 2011.“
Have a read and watch CTV News full report with video (including the CFIA memo) to see for yourself. Pay special attention to the attached CFIA memo, the last line of the main text reads, “(Your first action should be to have the issue dealt with without a line stoppage.)” is extra chilling to read given the E. coil crisis we had! Are the CFIA inspectors at XL Foods there to inspect meat or are they there ensure the production line go smoothly without a stoppage?! Is CFIA working as a division of XL Foods? Or is CFIA inspectors there to inspect the meat, hold XL Foods accountable, and to maintain a high food standards?
With this lastest case of unacceptable double standards especially when we are talking about “visible fecal and intestinal” plus “spinal cord/dura-mater” contamination of our meat, the time has come for the Federal Government of Canada to take Canadians’ concerns and doubts seriously and immediately convene a public inquiry to find the truths, if the government really wants to restore credibility for Canadians and consumers around the world in the inspection quality of beef in Canada.