Inspector Looking into E. Coli Outbreak Belongs to Family of BC Cheese Farm Owners
A small cheese farm in British Columbia has been found to be the center of investigation into an E. coli outbreak. An employee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, who has been given the responsibility of conducting the review, has come out to be from a family that started the business.
However, the inspector named Yolanda Gort has reported no issue despite being related to Gort's Gouda Cheese farm, according to the CFIA.
"Based on this review, we remain confident that there is no conflict of interest and this inspector is carrying out her duties in a professional and unbiased manner", said Elena Koutsavakis, a spokesperson for CFIA.
The report found that Gort is the original Salmon Arm's Gort's Gouda Cheese owners' daughter.
The business was owned by the family of Yolanda Gort till the year 2007. The farm was then sold and Gort remained the plant manager. However, in 2010, she turned a CFIA inspector.
The outbreak of the virus has shown a link to an older woman's demise. Also, a total of 12 illnesses in three different provinces have been found to have an association with the epidemic of E. coli.
Malcolm Allen, NDP's agriculture critic, said that Gort should be asked to move out by the CFIA.
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