Shifting to food industry self-monitoring may be hazardous

Collier, Roger
October 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/7/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 8, p755
Academic Journal
The article discusses the leaked chapter of Canadian Food Inspection Agency on the proposed procedures manual for meat hygiene. Instead of automatically shut down of companies found with contamination, the proposed manual suggests for companies to develop and implement an action plan in response to contamination. The leaked chapter, "Chapter 18: Compliance Verification System" indicates that the government has not yet resolved the problem on biological tests of industry facilities and equipment. The said manual has dismayed meat inspectors because they just have to fill out corrective action requests taking no immediate action to clean up contaminated plants. Moreover, a discussion on the inquiries regarding the effectiveness of the new proposed manual is presented.


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