Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is defending Canada’s food inspection system.
Ritz says safety has not been compromised despite the widening E. coli scare involving an Alberta beef plant.
He also notes the government has more inspectors on the job than in previous years.
Liberal MP, Ralph Goodale says X-L Foods in Brooks, Alberta fell short of proper standards back in August — well before an E. coli outbreak in early September.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says extensive testing is being done on products that have been impounded by the government and the company has also identified other raw meat products produced on the dates when the suspected E. coli contamination took place.