XL Foods Reopens With Limited Operation

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BROOKS, Alta. — The XL foods plant is resuming limited operation, while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) monitoring activity.

“As part of a rigorous review of Establishment 38, XL Foods Inc., the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will allow the facility to proceed to the next stage in the review process.

Beginning today, CFIA officials will monitor the plant’s food safety control in action by allowing the plant to process carcasses under continued strict conditions,” reads a statement on the CFIA’s website.

The agency hopes this move will allow health inspectors to assess the facility’s food-safety policies while in operation. The plant will not be permitted to resume normal operation, and no meat will leave the plant until the CFIA confirms in writing that it is safe.

The Oct. 9 review revealed parts of the plants have been cleaned and sanitized, and there is no E. coli 0157:H7 present.

Meanwhile, the Alberta premier, Alison Redford, has rejected a call for a public inquiry into the E.coli recall, saying it’s more important to determine exactly what happened at the plant.

On Thursday, Brian Nilsson, co-CEO of XL, apologized for the plant’s role in the recall. “We absolutely take full responsibility and apologize to all those affected,” Nilsson said. The apology came almost a month after the massive beef recall that’s included Canada, U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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