CALGARY, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The National Cattle Feeders' Association
(NCFA) applauds the clearance for JBS (operator of the XL Foods Inc.
plant at Brooks) to resume shipping beef to the U.S.
On December 7, 2012 the NCFA learned that the United States Department
of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) had informed
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that Establishment 38, XL
Foods Inc. has been re-listed, allowing the company to resume exports
to the U.S. effective immediately. "This is timely and very important
for JBS and the cattle industry in Canada", said Bill Jameson, Chairman
of the NCFA. He added, "the U.S. is our largest market and it is
critical for Canadian plants to have access to our customers in this
This will mean that the company can now move to full operation and start
pulling Canadian cattle into the plant on a more consistent basis. The
company can now focus on satisfying customer needs throughout Canada
and the U.S. having fulfilled all of the requirements set out by the
CFIA. Establishments wishing to export product internationally must
also satisfy the food safety and quality standards of the importing
"I know that cattle feeders across Canada will be pleased with the
decision from the USDA and we commend Minister Ritz for his attention
and efforts on expediting this decision", said Jameson.
Established in 2007, the NCFA represents feedlot operators, a vital link
in the beef value chain in Canada.
SOURCE: National Cattle Feeders' Association
For further information:
Contact: Bill Jameson