Food safety needs public science
Food safety needs public science : public service professional union speaks out
The national union representing professionals and scientists in the public service has launched a campaign to advocate for public science as the first defense for food safety and other critical areas of public health and safety.
The campaign is intended to draw "attention to the harm deregulation and underfunding are doing to public scientists’ ability to protect Canadians, their environment and their economic prospects."
In the wake of the listeriosis tragedy and as Canadians face a continuing crisis with tainted foods and unsafe products, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the union representing 55,000 government professionals and scientists is launching a campaign to defend Public Science.
A series of government actions and policy decisions have seriously undermined both the capacity and the reputation of public science which is intended above all else to be independent, non-partisan and committed to advancing the public interest.
“Listeriosis is only the tip of the iceberg of the dangers deregulation is opening up in this country,” says Demers [Michèle Demers, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada]. “By eliminating rules and handing responsibility for safety to industry in sectors like transportation, food and consumer products, the federal government is playing fast and loose with Canadians health and safety.”
In addition to other food borne bacteria and toxins, industry self-policing is also threatening Canadians in the transport sector, as the federal government moves to hand off responsibility for air safety to the airlines having previously done the same with rail safety.
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