The extraordinary controversy caused by the revelation of CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) memos dating back as far as 2008 is raising serious questions about Food Safety both in Canada and among Canada's export customers. We recommend that our readers simply study this brief document rather than reach conclusions based upon often inaccurate media reports. We think that our readers, Regulatory Food Science professionals, can assess this memo without assistance from the media or this writer.

The revelation of this memo and the continuing XL Foods recall (the largest in Canadian history) are happening at the same time that Parliament has given final approval to the Safe Food for Canadians Act. Numerous MPs are calling for the dismissal of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz who, thus far, is being defended by PM Stephen Harper.

The 2008 memo as well as a copy of its reissue in November of 2012 is posted below: