"I reiterate that none of the product made it to store shelves."
That's what Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in the House of Commons today about products from the XL Foods Inc. beef-packing plant in Brooks, Alta.
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan's Ministry of Health says it's aware of 13 cases of food poisoning from E. coli, far more than the usual average of four per months XL Beef's products.
No doubt Ritz was simply parroting what officials at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency told him.
Clearly both of them need to shut their traps and buckle down to get food inspection right.