08/20/2015 03:42 EDT | Updated 08/20/2016 05:59 EDT

Fewer Meat Inspectors Could Lead To More Food-Borne Illnesses: Union

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WINNIPEG — The union representing Canada's meat inspectors says slaughter facilities in Manitoba are severely understaffed and public safety is at risk.

Union president Bob Kingston says slaughterhouses in the province typically operate with one-third fewer inspectors than required.

He says the federal government is cutting $35 million from the budget of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Kingston says that means there will be 273 fewer inspectors across Canada.

He says that means it's just a matter of time before another major food-borne illness.

Chris Aylward, vice-president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, has urged voters to consider food safety when casting a ballot in the October federal election.



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