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Meat Plant Licence Suspended over Listeria Fears

26 November 2012

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the licence of Capital Packers in Edmonton, Alberta because of concerns over Listeria contamination.

The CFIA said that adequate controls for food safety are not being reliably implemented in the plant on a consistent basis.

The company that manufactures hams and sausages has also failed to correct deficiencies previously identified through CFIA inspections.

All products currently at this plant are under CFIA detention and control and the CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation to determine if products shipped from the plant pose potential risks to consumers, particularly related to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The CFIA said it will immediately alert the public if unsafe food could be in the marketplace.

Capital Packers will not be able to resume operations until the company has fully implemented the necessary corrective actions and the CFIA said it is fully confident in the plant's capacity to effectively manage food safety risks.

The CFIA added that the safety of consumers is its top priority.

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