The inspection is not normally done by the Fisheries Research Board. It is done by the fish inspection branch of the Department of Fisheries. However, there have been cases involving dispute concerning the decision taken by the fish inspection branch when samples have been sent direct to the board, for example, to confirm bacteria counts or for other major reasons. I can well understand the concern of the hon. member that there should be very little time elapse between when the samples are taken and when the inspection takes place.
At different points along the coast close to major fish landing points we have fish inspection laboratories where inspections are carried out. We have received very few complaints. In fact I do not know of any since we established the new inspection laboratory on the northeast coast of New Brunswick, from where I had received some complaints in the past. There are four major fish centres in that particular area. Since that new laboratory has
been established we have received no complaints from the industry concerning delays in respect of inspection of samples taken by our officers.
Topic: FISH INSPECTION ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS RESPECTING CONTAINERS, PROCESSING, ETC.