EDMONTON — XL Foods temporary laid off 2,000 plant workers this past weekend, while later recalling approximately 800 of them to move forward with the ongoing Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) review.
On Saturday, the layoff was announced. “It is with deep regret we have announced the temporary layoff of 2,000 employees. For the past three weeks employees have received full pay on their 32-hour weekly guarantee with few scheduled shifts available. We have paid our valued team members out of a commitment to our workforce and to assist them through this difficult time,” said Brian Nilsson, Co-CEO of XL Foods.
On Sunday, XL foods recalled a third of its employees to satisfy the conditions of the temporary licence to demonstrate the implementation of enhanced protocols. “We look forward to actively working with the CFIA to bring this to a viable and timely resolution to allow the plant to recommence operations,” said Nilsson.
The CFIA has suspended the operation of XL Foods’ plant due to E-coli beef contamination that sickened 13 people and initiated the largest food recall in Canadian history. The agency has allowed the plant to reopen with limited operation while monitoring its activity.