Editor: (In response to Mr. Tom Goddard Letter titled “meat price reduced due to possible genital exposure,” Saturday Dec. 14 Guardian). I want to first say what a great letter he wrote and also want to also thank him for his very important topic.
I want to assure him that as a former worker of the former Canada Packers (nee: NOFG P.E.I) hog plant whose job for 18 months was spending all day in the boxing off and wrapping Product Division, that the products In question would never see a costumer’s cart.
The only way this meat could have shelf life is the loophole of having a sticker label on it that has to read, “Reduced, Found in Robber’s Pants” which will never happen obviously. The rules we had to follow in this division had to be protocol for the shipper and storeowner as well. The rule was if the product at anytime comes In contact with a foreign body, it had to be tossed right after contact.
For example if while boxing or wrapping a product that is food-related, if it’s dropped and hits the floor, it is considered contaminated and is immediately thrown out. If during shipping a box is found ripped or dented the shipper has to put the box aside.
If found in a wrapped pallet, the pallet has to be unwrapped and this box has to be removed. The contents of the bad box can be re-boxed if none of it is ripped open or dented. If the dented box can’t be looked at inside right away the shipper has to write on the box either “dented” “do not touch “ or ‘do not ship / use.
I can safely tell the readers of this letter that thanks to Mr. Goddard’s smart thinking, his letter should get the health and safety board’s attention and they would alert the store. I can’t speak for the boys who work in the boxing off wrapping division in the plant in Borden but I’ve never heard of this stealing method.