Thunder Bay/Chatham, ON — The Conservative federal budget Bill, C-45, contains amendments to the Canada Grain Act that will remove requirements that protect grain producers from multinational grain companies, by eliminating the impartial weighing inspection of grain being received at terminal elevators. It will also increase self-regulation and decrease overall inspections.
Canadians kept in the dark for days after US border closed to XL Food products
Ottawa – United States authorities closed the border to products from the E. coli 0157:H7-tainted XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta days before Canadian consumers were advised and a product recall was launched in Canada.
Ottawa – The food safety bill introduced this afternoon is a good start at improving the safety of our food, according to the Agriculture Union which represents federal food inspectors.
“Generally speaking, the bill is a good start but we need to ensure that the proposed appeal mechanism does not give industry too much power to undermine the work of CFIA inspectors,” said Bob Kingston, President of the Union.
Ottawa – CFIA cuts to food safety programs and plans to overhaul food inspection are being withheld from the public amid conflicting statements from the Minister and his senior executives about the cuts and changes, according to the Agriculture Union – PSAC, which represents federal food inspectors.
While Minister Ritz insists that frontline inspectors will be unaffected by budget cuts, CFIA executives say “I don’t know how you take 10% of your budget and not deal with the front line”.
Ottawa – The federal government is stripping as many as 100 food safety inspectors from its ranks as a result of budget cuts, more than reversing increases to the inspection force put in place in response to the Maple Leaf Foods listeriosis outbreak which killed 23 Canadians.
“This decision will make the inspector shortage worse, not better. And because the government has failed to consult its own inspectors, they are cutting food safety blindly with little understanding of the consequences,” says Bob Kingston, President of the Agriculture Union – PSAC, which represents federal food inspectors.
Food Inspectors Union Warns Consumers That Federal Budget Cuts May Reduce Canadian Food Inspection Agency examination of Imports to Below 2%; May Cut Other Food Safety Inspection As Well
Vancouver – The union representing federal food safety inspectors is warning consumers that significant cuts to the public service expected in next month’s budget may reduce the inspection of imported foods to less than two per cent of all products examined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
And the Agriculture Union, a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, says a planned Conservative government cut of 10% of all ministries could also reduce the number of food safety staff to levels lower than when the Maple Leaf Foods listeriosis crisis hit in 2008, killing 23 consumers and making hundreds seriously ill.
Recognition by Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Chronic Mental Stress as compensable workplace injury a big step forward
A decision by the Ontario WSIB (aka Workers’ Compensation) to recognize chronic mental stress as a compensable injury is a major step forward in ensuring Agriculture Union members in that province do not have to choose between their mental health and financial well-being.
CFIA vote: Last chance to attend info session before voting deadline
CFIA members should log into their PSAC Member Portal to ensure their mailing address and personal e-mail address are up to date.
Agriculture Union members at the CFIA have a tentative collective agreement.
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Negotiations with CFIA continue to move forward ever so slowly.
Our members at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on September 7 received a joint email from the employer and the Agriculture Union urging their participation in this year’s Public Service Employee Survey.
After much effort and support from our members working in Inspection at CFIA, we are nearing the completion of the Primary Products (PI) Review and its resulting mass grievances filed in 2000 and 2007.
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