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  • P F Murphy
    September 27, 2012 - 08:33

    Dear Jack, Sorry but E. coli is present in every cow's digestive system and cannot be eliminated no matter what they are fed. It is part of their normal gastro-intestinal flora.

  • P F Murphy
    September 27, 2012 - 08:27

    Again we have another demonstration of conflict of interest. The company's primary interest is to make a profit for its share holders and one way to do that is to rush or cut back on food safety procedures. Each test showing E. coli slows their production line by causing product to be dumped or recalled and thereby reduces their profit. If you don't test or test enough, you don't have a problem unless people start to get sick. The Harper government has increased the danger of food safety to us in NL by closing the food inspection lab in the White Hills. Now the samples checking companies have to be flown to Halifax increasing the time to get results and the possibility of release of contaminated product into the human food system by increasing the turn around time toward a week or ten days. Harper has also slowed the process by recentralizing NL food inspectors offices thus requiring more time spent driving not checking. Now even a mussel beach contaminated with PSP (paralytic shellfish poisoning) may not be closed for a a week or more due to inspector travel time and shipping time to Halifax or PEI putting Canadian families at risk. Yes, Harper is all law and order for our justice system but those things are not to only things that can harm or kill your family. Food inspectors are the "law and order" officers of our food system, a more imminent threat to every Canadian. Of course, no company would intentionally short on testing that they knew would harm people but with Maple Leaf and Listeria (21 people dead?) and now XL Foods and E. coli, all companies are in competition and a minor slip in a race to cheaper or quicker production methods and a more profitable bottom line can put all Canadians at risk in the shortness of a day.

    • Ryan
      September 29, 2012 - 09:24

      There's a CFIA office in country ribbon.

  • Jack
    September 27, 2012 - 07:51

    E-coli problems would not have happened if cows, pigs, chickens, and other essential livestock are fed grass and other foods they are genetically designed to eat and not corn, barley, or soy. Keep in mind that feeding corn to cows increases their stomach acidity, and creating an optimal breeding ground for e-coli growth. Maybe if cows are fed grass as opposed to corn, e-coli problems will disappear.