Progress on Food Safety

In the summer of 2008, an outbreak of foodborne illness caused by the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meat resulted in the deaths of 23 Canadians. The Government of Canada immediately took a number of preventive actions to reduce the risk posed by the possibility of similar outbreaks in the future.

Because of the serious nature of the listeriosis outbreak, the Government of Canada also asked Ms. Sheila Weatherill to lead an independent investigation into its circumstances and to make recommendations to strengthen the food safety system.

Previously published reports on progress on food safety are available in archives maintained by Library and Archives Canada.