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Canada's Listeriosis probe calls for better food processing equipment

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Canada's federal government is calling for all meat product manufactures to develop easier to clean meat processing equipment.

"Manufacturers should be required to design easy-to-clean meat-processing equipment that limits the spread of bacteria, says a newly released report on last summer's deadly listeriosis outbreak.

Improved equipment design was one of 57 recommendations in the report made public Tuesday after a six-month investigation headed by Sheila Weatherill, former CEO of Edmonton's Capital Health Region.

She also recommended a greater role for Canada's chief public health officer during outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, tipping the federal government to any suspected health threats, as well as more on-site inspections at meat-processing plants."
 
 

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