Huffington Post Canada is reporting that former Normerica Inc. workers claim employees “routinely switch pet treats between different brand names packages and re-date them”.
Excerpts from the Huffington Post story:
Two former Normerica Inc. warehouse workers claim the Ontario-based pet product company had employees routinely switch pet treats between different brand name packages and re-date them, after they were imported from China and Thailand.
They claim mouldy and stale pet treats were sent out to stores for sale.
Duck, sweet potato and chicken jerky treats imported by the company and sold by Loblaw, Costco and other retailers are among brands suspected of making dogs ill.
The two former employees who said they worked in an Etobicoke warehouse for Normerica contacted Go Public to report concerns they had over how the products were stored and handled.
One sent pictures to back up their claims. They said they did not take the pictures to make them public, but decided to do so after reading Go Public’s piece on the potential link between the treats and dog deaths.
One said a large part of their job was removing old product from packages that were stale or overstocked, then repackaging or re-labeling it in different brand name bags — with a new date stamp.
“Some [of the jerky treats] had been sitting there for years. Dated back to 2008. We would use X-Acto knives to open the packages and then repackage them under new labels and change the date on the new package [to 2011 for example],” said the former employee.
“It was disgusting … the warehouse wasn’t clean enough to have open food.”
Normerica president Colin Gleason denied packaging dates are changed, but didn’t explain the photos of products being repackaged.
We can hope that Canada will provide whistle blower protection for these employees/former employees so that the full story can be provided to consumers.
Click Here to read the full Huffington Post story.
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