Brooks Plant Recalls Workers to Help Canadian Food Inspection Agency Review
By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
XL Foods Inc. announced that they have issued recall notices to 800 employees to assist with the review process being conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This announcement comes after the plant had decided to temporarily lay off 2,000 workers at the plant. Following that announcement, the CFIA responded saying that the layoffs would impede CFIA’s inspector’s ability to continue a full examination of the meat processing plant.
“At this time, we are unable to complete our assessment,” the statement said.
The XL plant fired back at CFIA saying that the company had to lay off employees because the agency couldn’t indicate when they would be getting their licence reinstated. The company received permission from the agency last Thursday to process the remaining 5,100 carcasses in the plant that tested negative for E. coli. The meat is under the detention of CFIA authorities and cannot leave the plant until proper measures have been affectively managed. The agency announced yesterday, that some of the meat that was under detention will be destroyed and that none of the meat would enter the food system.
The United Food Commercial Workers 401 is calling for a public inquiry into the largest E. coli food outbreak in Canadian history.