Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Full speed ahead

Harper signals his government will stick with its position of farming out greater responsibility to industry for meat inspection:
Speaking in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. Prime Minister Stephen Harper suggested Wednesday that his government plans to eventually hand more responsibility for food inspections to the industry.

"Ultimately, any effective regulation is in a sense a joint responsibility. We've increased the number of regulators, but we also do rely obviously on the work done within the companies themselves," he said

"We have increased the number of inspectors, we've increased the amount we spend on protection, but we do also plan as we move forward to change the system to make sure that we have greater responsibility on those who ultimately market the product."
Watch an interview with Bob Kingston, a critic cited frequently today, speaking about the new rules brought in as of March 31 here. Kingston speaks of inspectors not having the time to do what they need to with respect to inspection activities. He seems to be speaking for "inspectors."