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Gerry Ritz has put Canadian's health at risk. Stephen Harper needs to ask him to Resign!

His track record in the area of food safety has been abysmal, dating back to the Maple Leaf Listeriosis outbreak of August 2008, when he made light of a serious situation, joking about "death by a thousand... cold-cuts". The Canadian Food Inspection Agency then promised that companies must henceforth test, analyze and report results showing contamination. That promise appears to have been forgotten as, once again, a critical situation has reared its head in Alberta, where numerous people recently become ill as a result of eating E-coli-tainted beef. The CFIA has been criticized for responding too slowly to this crisis.

Please Read: Food inspectors union calls government claim of 700 hires ‘totally misleading, by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press on Wednesday, October 3, 2012:

http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/10/03/food-inspectors-union-calls-government-claim-of-700-hires-totally-misleading/

 

Letter to
House of Commons Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Leader, Conservative Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Conservateur du Canada Stephen Harper
Initiate the resignation of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has proven negligent in safeguarding the health and well-being of Canadians. His track record in the area of food safety has been abysmal, dating back to the Maple Leaf Listeriosis outbreak of August 2008, when he made light of a serious situation, joking about "death by a thousand... cold-cuts". The Canadian Food Inspection Agency then promised that companies must henceforth test, analyze and report results showing contamination. That promise appears to have been forgotten as, once again, a critical situation has reared its head in Alberta, where numerous people recently become ill as a result of eating E-coli-tainted beef. The CFIA has been criticized for responding too slowly to this crisis.

Please Read: Food inspectors union calls government claim of 700 hires ‘totally misleading, by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press on Wednesday, October 3, 2012:

http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/10/03/food-inspectors-union-calls-government-claim-of-700-hires-totally-misleading/

In addition, Mr. Ritz and the CFIA have repeatedly ignored warnings about the safety of horse meat, which is shipped abroad for human consumption and is also eaten to some extent in Quebec. Horses have generally not been raised in accordance with food safety regulations and therefore many of them have been administered drugs that are prohibited from entering the food chain.