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Safe Pork and Meat Inspection Critical for Ontario's Pork Producers

by 5m Editor
29 August 2003, at 12:00am

GUELPH - Media reports of illegal actions in the meat processing business are extremely disturbing for Ontario's livestock farmers.

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Ontario Pork Logo "As farmers, we work so hard to raise healthy animals and produce safe, high quality pork. It's our business and our priority", commented Larry Skinner, Chair of Ontario Pork. "Our families eat the same food that you do and demand the best inspection system possible."

Skinner continues, "Canada's meat inspection system is one of the toughest in the world and one that we are proud of. Disregarding the law and jeopardizing public safety is unacceptable in any business."

Ontario's pork producers implemented an on-farm quality assurance program over five years ago to document their practices to ensure the pork they produce is safe. This program is based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system, and includes audits by veterinarians.

Both federal and provincial meat processors have similar technical programs in place, including government meat inspectors to check every animal and carcass. Ontario's pork producers fully support these inspection programs and the government's commitment to ensuring our food supply remains safe.

Source: Ontario Pork, 28th August 2003

5m Editor