Province to add More Food Inspectors

Apr 03, 2020

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The Alberta government is partnering with the CFIA to increase food inspector capacity.

The province announced this week, training will soon begin, which will allow provincial meat inspectors to be deployed into high priority federally licensed plants in Alberta as demand for more food inspectors increases. As a result of the COVID crisis, the food processing industry is experiencing increased demand.

In a written statement this week, provincial ag minister Devin Dreeshen says these redeployments will ensure continued capability to provide meat inspections in the province and keep food products on shelves. He added, steps are being taken to increase provincial inspector capacity by bringing back retired inspectors.

The CFIA regulates approximately 74 animal slaughter, meat processing, and meat storage facilities in Alberta.  The facilities are essential in the contribution to the food supply of Alberta and Canada.

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