July 20, 2010
A total of 15 deaths in Canada have now been linked to listeriosis, public health officials confirmed Tuesday — the same day Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered condolences to victims and families affected by the bacterial outbreak.
The prime minister said all Canadians have a right to safe food.
“I think all of us — and, obviously, I include my own family in this — we expect that when we shop, that the things we buy or that we eat are going to be safe,” Mr. Harper said in Ottawa.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said of those deaths: six cases have been connected to the particular bacteria strain found at Maple Leaf Foods, and it is a factor in nine other deaths still under investigation.
“This is a serious concern. . . . It’s necessary to reform and revamp our food-and product-inspection regimes after some years of neglect,” the prime minister said.
He added the government will continue to investigate the meat recall.
Article: National Post
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