Mr. Chairman, there may have been such incidents before the new regulations were introduced. The new regulations which were passed by order in council dated May 11, 1967, I believe were implemented around July 1 of that year. Since then I have not received any complaints. Our officers are instructed that if they are handling fresh fish the fish must be kept well iced and
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delivered to the inspection centre with the least possible delay. If they are handling frozen fish the fish must be kept frozen. So I do not see any problem. If they are handling samples of canned fish there is no problem, because there can be a delay between the time the samples are taken and the time when they are inspected in the laboratory.
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This is a matter which was fully discussed with the fisheries associations of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and other provinces. As these matters were discussed I now feel free to say that such problems no longer exist as a result of the cooperation we have received. Our inspection officers have had very strict orders to abide by the instructions they have received to this effect.
Topic: FISH INSPECTION ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS RESPECTING CONTAINERS, PROCESSING, ETC.