Many people working in food inspection have said they are not surprised by the outbreak.The next logical questions are, how long has this been going on and who ordered the earlier staffing cutbacks to the agency in the first place?
The president of the union representing CFIA inspectors says the agency is so short-staffed that food inspections and follow-up audits simply aren't taking place.
"What is really needed, in my perspective, is a full-blown inquiry on what is happening to the food inspection business in this country," said Michèle Demers, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.
Ms. Demers said inspectors are warning her that shortcuts cuts are taking place on food safety, but they fear speaking out.
"Inspecting the products before they make it to the stores, before people can actually purchase them, those are the audits that aren't being made, those are the audits that aren't being made because they're too short-staffed," she said.
Update: Kady O'Malley suggests an alternative scenario. She hints that the "proposed" changes (read cuts) have already happened during the course of this year. Recommend this Post