BTC: And back round to the central question

CBC talks to more of the families (video here). And a grieving mother helpfully brings us back to the more substantive matter of public policy.

In Ontario, the mother of 36-year-old Kristen Hicks, who died in an Alberta hospital of listeriosis on Aug. 14, said she’s upset by Ritz’s comments … Hicks took issue with Ritz’s scripted apology and his refusal to take questions from the media, saying it made her feel that “public safety was secondary to his wish to remain in office.”

Hicks told CBC News she thought that both the agriculture and the health minister had done a poor job handling the outbreak. “And now, in light of a very, very serious and heartbreaking situation, they seem to be taking it no more seriously,” she said.

That CMAJ editorial, again, is here. The accompanying commentary is here. And here is a separate piece on how best to monitor the food industry.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is raising similar concerns. And, from Canwest, news that some imported foods are subject to different standards.

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