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Canada’s Food Inspection Agency Given Lowest Passing Grade in U.S. Audit

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) received an “adequate” rating – the lowest passing grade – in the latest audit by the U.S. government to determine its equivalency on food safety standards, according to documents recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to the audit, the CFIA needs to improve oversight of practices… Continue Reading

Alberta Beef Plant Back at Full Capacity Following 2012 E. coli Outbreak

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The beef processing plant in Alberta, Canada that was the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 18 people in Canada last fall has returned to full capacity under new management. In September of 2012, XL Foods of Brooks, Alberta initiated a recall of beef products after a sample tested at the U.S. Canadian… Continue Reading

Weak Food Safety Culture Led to XL Foods Recall, Review Finds

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Company and Canadian Food Inspection Authority (CFIA) staff at XL Foods had a lax approach to food safety leading up to the massive beef recall last fall, according to an independent review released by the Canadian government. The report also found that XL Foods was not prepared to execute the recall – which was the… Continue Reading

JBS USA Will Complete XL Purchases in Canada on Monday

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Colorado-based JBS USA will fire up its JBS Food Canada Inc. subsidiary Monday by closing the purchase of several XL Foods operations located north of the 48th parallel, including the troubled Lakeside beef processing plant in Brooks, Alberta. In the purchase, JBS Food Canada will acquire the 4,000-head-per-day beef packing plant at Brooks, XL’s 1,000-head-per-day… Continue Reading

Food Safety Top Concern for Canadians

E. coli seen as biggest threat more than a month after XL recall

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The safety of the food supply is a leading concern for Canadians, according to a survey conducted more than a month after XL Foods recalled 1.5 million pounds of beef products sold in the country for potential E. coli contamination. The XL beef was eventually linked to 18 E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that occurred between… Continue Reading

Antitrust Review Sought for JBS Takeover of XL Beef Units

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About 40 agricultural and consumer groups have asked the U.S. Justice Department for an expanded, in-depth antitrust review of the possible takeover of XL Four Star Beef Holdings in the United States by Greeley, CO-based JBS, USA. The request came in a Dec. 21 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Renata B. Hesse, the… Continue Reading

Canada’s Meat Inspectors Told to Ignore Messy Carcasses Not Bound for Japan

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Canada’s CTV News went public with a four-year-old memorandum from the troubled XL Foods beef plant that told meat inspectors to turn a blind eye to fecal and intestinal contamination on carcasses—except for the beef headed for Japan. The memo issued to inspectors by a meat hygiene supervisor at the Brooks, Alberta beef plant said… Continue Reading

Brooks Beef Plant Gets Green Light to Reopen Under More Scrutiny From CFIA

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Tuesday lifted the Sept. 27 license suspension that closed the XL Foods beef processing plant at Brooks, Alberta. The re-licensing is effective immediately, allowing the plant to ramp up slaughter and processing operations with more CFIA surveillance and increased testing protocols. Canada’s largest beef recall and an outbreak of… Continue Reading