By Philip Ling, CBC News, August 9, 2017
CFIA says Canada and U.S. systems differ, but both work to ensure meat is free of contamination
The U.S. Agriculture Department has found “systemic” inspection and sanitation problems during its most recent audit of Canada’s meat, poultry and egg inspection systems, issues American officials say “raise significant questions about the Canadian system.”
The most “significant” concern, U.S. auditors said, was that Canadian government plant inspectors were not checking for residual feces and digestive waste materials on each carcass in slaughterhouses prior to export.
“Auditors noted that government inspectors appear to not be conducting carcass-by-carcass post-mortem inspection to ensure freedom from contamination,” noted the audit. Conducted in 2016, it was released this spring but garnered little attention.