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Cattlemen Welcome Reopening of E.Coli Beef Plant

26 October 2012

CANADA – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has welcomed the full resumption of operations at the XL Foods Inc beef processing plant in Brooks, Alberta, following the successful conclusion of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) assessment.

The plant received a clean bill of health from the CFIA this week along with the return of its operating license.

The XL facility can now begin the rebuilding process. This means safe, high-quality Canadian beef will once again be widely available in stores.

CCA President Martin Unrau thanked consumers for their continued support of Canadian beef as the industry moves forward from this event.

“Canada has an excellent food safety record and the incident at XL Foods demonstrates a commitment by industry to ensure food safety remains paramount as we move forward,” he said.

The CCA will continue its efforts to restore normalcy to the Canadian industry on behalf of Canada’s 83,000 beef cattle producers. Cattle producers strongly support the ultimate objective of reducing, and if possible eliminating, E. coli related illness associated with beef.

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