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September 28 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has shut down the XL Foods Ltd. plant at Brooks, Alta., which is the most drastic action the agency can take.
It has also detained all of the meat at the plant and says it won’t be released until testing confirms it is safe.
The plant has been under intensive scrutiny and orders to clean up since U.S. border inspectors identified E. coli 1057:H7 in a shipment of ground beef from the plant.
The United States had the CFIA yank XL’s permission to export to the U.S. on Sept. 16.
Although the CFIA confirmed those results a day later, it took more than a week for the agency to start issuing recalls. It has taken another two weeks for the agency to realize that the company isn’t cleaning up as ordered and promised and to extend the recall bit by bit until it embraced products shipped right across Canada.
The United States Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued its own recall of XL beef that extends to more than 30 states and includes big retailers, such as Walmart, Krogers and Albertson’s.
In Canada the recall includes ground beef, meatloaf and similar products marketed by Safeway, Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Co-op and many more retailers.
The CFIA issued a statement, noting that the company took initial steps to comply, but “based on information provided by XL Foods Inc. on September 26, as well as through CFIA inspector oversight, the CFIA has determined that these deficiencies have not been completely corrected.
“To date, the company has not adequately implemented agreed upon corrective actions and has not presented acceptable plans to address longer-term issues,” the CFIA said.