Plant will re-open when CFIA satisfied with improvements
EDMONTON, Oct. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - XL Foods Inc. is fully committed, and
working diligently with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ("CFIA"),
to implement changes to our food safety system to exceed existing high
standards and regain the trust of Canadian consumers.
We are appreciative that Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz took
the time to tour our facility. We will only re-open the Brooks
facility when the CFIA are completely satisfied that the health of
Canadians is not at risk. We believed XL Foods was a leader in the beef
processing industry with our food safety protocols, but we have now
learned it was not enough. We take full responsibility for our plant
operations and the food it produces, which is consumed by Canadians
from coast to coast. We are doing everything we can to take the lead in
an enhanced comprehensive food safety program for our plant.
XL Foods has targeted prevention, process verification and correction,
response and product control as areas where food safety enhancements
These improvements include the fact that the plant will re-open under intensified and enhanced testing protocols. E coli
tests take at least 18 hours to complete as cultures are grown and meat
will continue to be held under quarantine until results have been
analyzed. The intensified protocol will improve our process
verification. Testing results have always been supplied to CFIA
inspectors at the plant every day and will continue to be.
The plant will also include remote video auditing to significantly inform our supervisory oversight as we become the first
Canadian business to use this 21st century technology in a food safety program.
We have extended our high pressure, hot water wash intervention where
sides of beef are washed with 185 degree F water to eliminate any
possible E. coli contamination. We have also increased computer
monitoring of this intervention to ensure it operates at peak capacity
at all times.
And our training program will be re-designed by third party experts to
ensure the highest quality training is consistently available to our
management and employees.
We will also add additional quality control personnel to each shift with primary duties to monitor all our sanitary dressing programs and
These changes, in addition to others, when fully integrated into our
existing monitoring and statistical process control programs, will
allow us to improve the decision-making in our prevention program.
When we re-open our plant under direction from the CFIA, we will start
with limited production runs with intensified testing protocols. We
will work collaboratively with the 48 CFIA inspectors who work at the
XL Foods facility to ensure something like this never happens again.
XL Foods is committed to producing high quality beef products, and the
safety and wellbeing of our consumers is our number one priority. We
will continue to act in their best interests throughout the
implementation of the enhanced food safety systems. Food safety is
simply too important to our customers, our employees and our business.
About XL Foods Inc.
XL Foods Inc. is the largest Canadian owned and operated beef processor.
SOURCE: XL Foods Inc.
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