Tainted meat taints gov’t

Government more interested in damage control than problem solving, one reader says.

To the Editor,

During the recent E. coli crisis at the huge XL Foods processing plant in Brooks Alta., federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz appeared more interested in damage control than problem solving. Before the tainted meat investigation was complete, a self-congratulatory Ritz was insisting food safety had not been compromised.

His reassurances soon sounded hollow and ill-advised when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) revoked XL Food’s licence to operate.

The compelling need to shut down the whole plant, a drastic action as well as a delayed one, serves as another alarming example of how some corporations put the bottom-line ahead of consumer safety.

Furthermore the massive recall of Albertan beef products has caused untold damage to Canada’s international reputation.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives like to thump their chests and tell us that government bureaucracy interferes with business. If government regulating agencies aren’t given the tools and resources to protect Canadians from powerful profit-motivated corporations, who is going to do the job?

Lloyd Atkins,

Vernon

Just Posted

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District considers cannabis use

Public will have say on new rules in September, before marijuana use becomes legal

Fire crews ‘mop up’ Arbutus Ridge fire in Port Alberni

Smoky Skies Bulletin issued for Vancouver Island

Alberni’s Proteau back on top after another battle with Stouffer

Mount Brenton Ladies’ Amateur Golf Tournament has become a tale of two players

Battle for Alberni Valley Bulldogs roster spots begins

Main camp opens this week at Weyerhaeuser Arena

ARTS AROUND: Join watercolour workshops in Port Alberni

Victoria artist Joanne Thomas will provide beginner and advanced classes

White Spot records B.C. Pirate Pak record day

Popular B.C.-Alberta event raises more than $116,000 to send kids and adults to Zajac Ranch

Suspect in Spiderman suit steals camera on Vancouver Island

Suspect in red and blue “onesie” caught on surveillance footage breaking into truck in Nanaimo

B.C. team stays alive in Little League World Series after another nail-biter

Surrey-based squad scored a 6-4 win over Mexico reps in Williamsport on Monday

Zeballos wildfire not getting any closer to town – BC Wildfire Service

Authorities optimistic about Zeballos; choppers grounded due to heavy smoke

Kids, seniors at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says children’s lungs don’t fully develop until about age 10

B.C. mother charged in 7-year-old daughter’s death appears in court

The 36-year-old mother, of Langley’s Aaliyah Rosa, has been charged with second-degree murder

VIDEO: Teen soccer phenomenon Alphonso Davies to visit B.C. kids camp

The 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecap player is one of the youngest players in MLS history

New plan to lift more than two million people past the poverty line

Anti-poverty strategy will aim for 50 per cent cut in low-income rates: source

Most Read