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No detailed safety audit for a year

The Maple Leaf plant at the centre of last summer’s deadly listeriatragedy wasn’t subject to a detailed safety audit by federal inspectorsfor at least a year prior to the outbreak, says a briefing note fromthe union representing inspectors.

The Maple Leaf plant at the centre of last summer’s deadly listeria tragedy wasn’t subject to a detailed safety audit by federal inspectors for at least a year prior to the outbreak, says a briefing note from the union representing inspectors.

Inadequate resources, staff shortages and over­time bans on federal inspectors have prevented the mandatory annual safe­ty audits from being completed, says the union, which has sent its briefing note to members of a federal subcommittee investigating the outbreak.

The inspectors, who prepared the note based on personal observations as part of their jobs, are presenting it this week at federal hearings.

Tim O’Connor, a spokes­person for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said while a full system audit was not done at the plant leading up to the outbreak, a different auditing system had been put in place that incorporates the same level of oversight.

 
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