XL Foods Enhances Food Safety Measures
EDMONTON, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - XL Foods Inc. ("XL") and its employees
are deeply concerned for the wellbeing of anyone who has become ill due
to e coli contamination. Even though there has been no definitive link
of illness between our products and people who have become ill, we are
very concerned for their well being and working in their best
interests. Our thoughts are with those who have become ill at this
XL is working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ("CFIA") and
Alberta Health Services ("AHS") to understand more about the recall of
steaks that the CFIA has indicated caused illness. As the product was
purchased at one store, the CFIA has raised questions about where in
the supply chain contamination occurred. XL will continue to keep
customers and consumers informed as investigation findings become
XL Foods Inc. is progressing swiftly with the implementation of enhanced
trend analysis and documentation processes as a result of the CFIA
findings from its completed in-depth review of the food safety controls
at the XL Foods facility. Related to XL's voluntary recall of beef
trimmings and ground beef announced on September 16, 2012, CFIA's
in-depth review focused on the plant's preventative control measures,
food-safety policies and procedures, laboratory methodology and
equipment and quality systems.
The CFIA review into XL food safety protocols indicated, "While the
review did not identify one single factor that would lead to E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the combination of several deficiencies could
have played a role. By themselves, each of these findings would not
typically signal an immediate concern during the course of normal
The review conducted by CFIA verified the effectiveness of XL's E. coli 0157:H7 control program. CFIA did observe two deficiencies, the first
was a deficiency in the application of trend analysis performed by XL.
XL has developed and initiated a response plan that exceeds industry
standards and has been accepted by CFIA. CFIA indicated that it has
"accepted the company's plan and will monitor corrective actions to
verify that they have been implemented effectively."
The second deficiency noted during the CFIA review related to
documentation of process. XL has implemented increased documentation
processes to comply with CFIA requests. By developing these enhanced
measures XL will increase the level of food safety.
XL Foods is committed to producing high quality beef products, and the
safety of our consumers is our number one priority. We will continue to
act in their best interests throughout the completion of the recall,
investigation into source of contamination and implementation of
enhanced systems to ensure something like this never happens again.
Food safety is simply too important to our customers, our employees and
About XL Foods Inc.
XL Foods Inc. is the largest Canadian owned and operated beef processor.
SOURCE: XL Foods Inc.
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