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New XL Foods managers meet with staff, union about closed beef plant


Industry

October 22, 2012
By PEM Magazine

The company taking over management of an Alberta meat packer at the centre of a beef recall and E. coli scare is meeting with the people who work at the plant.

JBS USA officials are to meet with XL Foods Inc. employees today in groups of 100 to talk about the company’s plans for the plant, which has been closed since Sept. 27.

Doug O’Halloran of the United Food and Commercial Workers says union officials are to meet Tuesday in Brooks with JBS USA’s industrial relations staff.

He says the fact that JBS USA is reaching out to its workforce and the union bodes well for the future of Canada’s second-largest beef operation.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the plant is now free of E. coli and it is finishing a review of meat hygiene and sanitation procedures, but no date has been set for its reopening.

Truckloads of meat from the XL Foods processing plant in Brooks, Alta have begun arriving at a local landfill site for disposal.

Landfill Manager Ray Juska of the Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority said the frozen meat stock is being run over by heavy equipment and then covered with soil to keep animals from getting at it.

The operation is being supervised by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The CFIA said last week that XL Foods would destroy all of the beef involved in a massive E. coli recall in Canada and the United States.

The agency also said that up to 5.5 million kilograms of meat stored at the Brooks plant and warehouses that wasn’t part of the recall would either be rendered or cooked at a high temperature to kill any E. coli.