Friday, September 26, 2008

Harper's claim of 200 new food inspectors not true: inspection agency

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's claim that his government beefed up food safety with 200 new inspectors simply isn't true, says the head of the union at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Far from seeing new recruits, federal inspectors warn many existing positions are going unfilled, said Bob Kingston, the national president of the Agriculture Union representing inspectors.

“People are quitting in frustration, so when they hear stuff like ‘Oh, yeah, we just put 200 new inspectors in food inspection,' that's just absurd. Or at least it certainly isn't something that's seen at the meat inspection level,” said Mr. Kingston.

Mr. Kingston said the CFIA may have hired more people, but they aren't working in food safety.

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