July 23rd, 2009
Investigation into the 2008 Maple Leaf listeriosis crisis
The Government of Canada must commit to making food safety one of its top priorities
"Maple Leaf Foods did not conduct the trend analysis required under its listeria control policy. The recurring positive results were not known, nor were the positive results verified to determine the presence/absence of listeria monocytogenes...."
In making this observation in her report of July 21, 2009, Ms. Sheila Weatherill, the independent investigator, helped debunk the myth of effective self-regulation in Canada's food inspection system. Ms Weatherill was commissioned by the federal government to conduct an independent investigative review as a result of the 2008 listeriosis outbreak.