Auditor General Fall Report Targets Food Safety, Border Security

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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In the annual fall report tabled on Tuesday, Canada’s Auditor General has highlighted numerous loopholes in the government, mainly highlighting issues of food safety and border security, along with emergency plans on First Nations reserves and rail safety.

Though Michael Ferguson appreciated how the Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalled unsafe food products in a timely fashion, he pointed out that the agency did not sufficiently accomplish the food recall system between 2010 and 2012. In the fall report, Ferguson pointed out that “while illnesses were contained in the recalls we examined, I am not confident that the system will always yield similar results.” He mentioned that CFIA did not have essential documentation to necessary determine whether the recalled food products were disposed of correctly. He added that the agency was also not able to provide the information necessary to identify and correct the cause of the recall in a timely way.

On the other hand, the auditor general also raised the issue of illegal entries into Canada in his fall report. He discovered that those who pose a risk to the safety and security of Canadians have succeeded in entering the country illegally. He mentioned that “I am very concerned that our audit found too many examples of controls not working.” Ferguson highlighted that The Canada Border Services Agency is not efficient in receiving information required from air carriers in order to ably target high-risk passengers. He further added that the RCMP also at time lacks the information necessary to monitor the success of its border enforcement activities.

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