X-L Foods Beef Recall Into the Hundreds
With additions made over the weekend the recall list of beef products from the X-L Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta now numbers in the hundreds.
The CFIA has made the list of stores and products affected by the potential E.coli contamination so long that consumers are now advised to inquire at the point of purchase whether the beef they're buying came from XL Foods.
The plant processes a third of all Canadian beef, and since its closure last week due to an E.coli scare cattle ranchers have been growing increasingly concerned. At a ranch north of Calgary yesterday, Premier Alison Redford met with beef producers to discuss the potential effects of X-L's closure. Ranchers say the longer the shutdown, the more likely cattle prices will suffer.
The Canadian-owned XL plant has a slaughter capacity of about 5,000 cattle a day.
The two-thousand people who work at the plant are also suffering. Redford says the priority now is to let people know that Alberta beef is still a safe, high-quality product, and to ensure the X-L plant reopens as soon as possible in compliance with federal
regulations. However, at this point, there's still no clear indication when that might happen.
Take a look at the entire list of beef products being recalled here.
(The Canadian Press)