Food inspector grilled over conflict of interest

Employee suspended after working for meat company in another jurisdiction
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at a government meat inspector who was disciplined over conflict of interest concerns.

Frank Duske was a feed specialist in Lethbridge, Alta., for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Over a 24-year career with the agency, he held several other positions, including that of a meat inspector.

The agency was very concerned with maintaining a public reputation of impartiality as a regulator of the meat and food business. As a result it has a Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code, which prohibits employees from having private interests that could affect or be perceived to affect their duties with the agency. The code requires all employees to review their personal and professional interests to “identify and avoid any actual or potential conflicts of interest.