U.S. Department of Agriculture Re-Lists XL Foods Beef Plant
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
Brooks, Alberta plant – XL Foods has been approved to resume exports of beef to the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have re-listed XL beef products for export effective Dec. 7.
The plant had been de-listed for export to the U.S. since September, after millions of pounds of beef were recalled over E. coli concerns.
The plant resumed operations in October following corrective actions that were put in place by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The corrective actions were implemented under the new management of JBS USA, a U.S. branch of the Brazilian based meat packing company. The new management agreement has yet to see the buyout option of the facility exercised.
The CFIA continues to administer enhanced oversight of the plants activities to ensure that the corrective action measures are being implemented consistently.