Tuesday, October 9, 2012

XL inspection today

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is touring the XL Foods Inc. plant at Brooks, Alta., checking to see whether the plant is ready to resume slaughtering up to 4,000 cattle per day after being shut down for a week to clean up because E. coli 015 contaminated meat from the plant.

Eleven sickened people have had their illnesses linked to XL-plant beef, the recall list as increased daily to more than 2,000 products distributed to more than 20 countries and from coast to coast to coast in Canada.

The company’s reputation and the effectiveness of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are in tatters.

What remains to be seen is whether the company can recover, whether the entire Canadian beef industry will lose clients across Canada and in export markets and whether the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will undergo a major overhaul.