VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – The Canadian government will launch an independent probe into the outbreak of listeriosis food poisoning linked to tainted meat, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday.

Harper told an audience in Windsor, Ontario, that he was “troubled” by the outbreak both as the leader of the country that had invested in increased food inspections and as a father whose family often consumed processed meat at home.

The outbreak has been linked to seventeen confirmed or suspected deaths and involved deli-style products produced by Maple Leaf Foods , Canada’s largest meat processor.