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Poll: Industry not trusted to police itself

September 30, 2008  By CBC News


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Poll: Industry not trusted to police itself
A majority of Canadians believe that allowing the food industry to police itself puts the public health at risk, according to a new poll.

The survey, commissioned by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, suggests eight of every 10 Canadians want the current government to reverse a decision to cut food safety program budgets.
According to the poll, 64 per cent of respondents trusted government inspectors and scientists to ensure the safety of food, but just 25 per cent said they had the same trust in food industry employees.
"Canadians trust government professionals to safeguard the food they eat, not the food industry," Michele Demers, president of the institute, said in a statement. |
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