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Test Results Awaited on E.Coli Plant

22 October 2012

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is waiting for test results to come back on meat from carcases that have been processed at the XL Foods Brooks plant, at the centre of a major e.coli recall.

The carcases were cut and deboned at teh plant last week under the scrutiny of teh CFIA to examine processing methods and procedures.

The CFIA 's results and those of the company are negative for E. coli.

The CFIA is now reviewing its observations of deboning and cutting activities, specific E. coli controls, meat hygiene, sampling techniques and overall sanitation in the plant.

These findings, including a plan for next steps, wre due to be drawn up over the weekend.

The CFIA said it knows that everyone is eager to have this work completed and the Agency added that it is moving ahead as quickly as possible but said it must remain focused on the need to protect consumers.

The plant will not be allowed to reopen unless the Agency is confident that food safety controls are being implemented effectively and consistently. When the plant is allowed to reopen, it will resume normal operations under enhanced CFIA oversight, which will continue for as long as the CFIA deems necessary.

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