The Canwest News Service reports today that, “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has inspected fewer than six per cent of bottled water manufacturers in Canada in the last year, the agency acknowledged Wednesday.”
The article continues, “Out of 282 domestic manufacturers, inspectors have visited 16 of them since last April. The agency tabled the information in the House of Commons in response to a question from a Liberal MP.”
MP Francis Scarpaleggia says, “If they have only inspected about six per cent of the manufacturing plants, maybe it’s because they need more inspectors.”
Scarpaleggia adds that since a bottled water company doesn’t have to report a problem they encounter to the CFIA, “the industry is sort of regulating itself” which raises accountability concerns.