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New XL Foods problems in aftermath of beef recall

November 06, 2012
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BROOKS, Alberta — An independent food safety expert says consumers shouldn''t be worried about new problems at XL Foods, the beef processing plant that has resumed operations following an E. coli outbreak, according to a report from CBC News.

Most of the issues raised on the weekend are "fairly typical and easily corrected," says Domenic Pedulla, president of the Canadian Food Safety Group.

The plant in Brooks, Alberta, came under scrutiny again when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency released an update on the plant’s progress. Overall, the plant is being effectively managed, the CFIA said in a statement, but some changes have been ordered.

Problems highlighted included meat-cutting areas not being adequately cleaned, no sanitizing solution in the mats where employees clean their boots, and the temperature of the water in the sanitizer being too low.

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JBS USA, the company that stepped into manage the Brooks processing plant, seems to be responding quickly to any new problems, Pedulla added. XL Food''s licence was suspended by the CFIA on Sept. 27. The plant resumed operations on Oct. 29 under the new management of Brazilian-based JBS USA.

The beef recall is the largest in Canadian history and affected more than 2,000 products. Seventeen people were diagnosed with E. coli that had been linked to the meat. The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service visited the plant Friday to check on operations. Their findings have not yet been released.


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