From: Caroline Davies <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM
Subject: Tainted Beef Crisis
Your coverage of the tainted meat crisis facing ranchers and the meat processing industry in Alberta brings home how vulnerable our food chain is. While the government is trying to reassure Canadians that our beef is safe, on the east coast they are cutting the very section in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' Saint Andrews Biological Station, that oversees the health of the fishery and aquaculture industries. The lesson of the cumulative cuts to government science is clear - disaster could happen anywhere in our food chain and probably will if the current cuts proceed. If one tainted fish or shellfish from the Bay of Fundy is discovered at the border, the export of farm salmon, lobster and other fish to the major purchaser of these products, the USA, will be shut down. The impact on our aquaculture and traditional fisheries industries would be catastrophic. Despite these very real concerns, the Minister Ashfield has not even responded to the request from concerned citizens for a meeting. Our local MP, John Williamson, is more concerned about making ideological statements than he is about protecting the safety of our food and the economic health of industries vital to Atlantic Canada. The XL crisis clearly demonstrates that the federal government must rethink these cuts.
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