JBS Lakeside get green light to resume beef shipments to the U.S.

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 market"

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 country.

"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
Chairman
(306) 631-0005

Bryan Walton
General Manager
(403) 837-2232

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