Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

October 29, 2007 11:54 ET

PIPSC: Canadian Consumers are at Risk Say Frontline Professional Food Inspectors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2007) - After waves of recalls of imported food products, the professional inspectors responsible for protecting the health and well-being of Canadians are expressing their frustration with the federal government's weak response.

"Our members are skilled, experienced and committed scientists and veterinarians who are being left high and dry without the tools to do their jobs", says Michele Demers, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. "These professionals are on the frontline working to protect the health and well-being of Canadian families".

Food safety is being compromised at a time when the threat has never been greater. The growing global trade in food has turned the kitchen table into a high risk environment.

"Our members have long raised concerns that public food safety is being compromised by a lack of resources. At the same time, the federal government is digging a deeper hole by promoting self-inspection by industry, increasing de-professionalization of inspection, and cutting back on the tools and training available to professionals and scientists."

CFIA is currently facing yet another round of budget cuts which will inevitably further reduce the Agency's ability to fulfill its mandate to protect Canadians.

"It's time for real action. The federal government must put an immediate stop to the erosion of food inspection. It's time to reinvest in the frontline inspections that are Canadians best protection in an increasingly dangerous world," concludes Demers.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union which represents 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada. PIPSC represents some 1600 veterinarians, information technology specialists and scientists at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Francine Pressault
    613-228-6310 / 1-800-267-0446 x 2228