Canadian Food Inspection Agency Discovers E. coli scare at XL Foods Inc.

The federal food inspecting agency has overhauled the procedure of how companies examine data after coming across an Alberta slaughterhouse, which missed cautionary signs of an E. coli scare leading into one of the biggest meat recalls of Canadian history.

The director of Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s meat program division, Dr. Richard Arsenault, stated in an interview on Monday, that “we’re discovering through this that there is something that we can do to improve the system and now it is just a question of figuring out how to do properly.”  The food inspection agency is at present examining the products of XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta., for any harmful bacteria, as it suspends the operating license of the plant as long as the control system is fixed according to the orders of federal officials.

The carcasses which have passed tests for sanitation and disease are being treated for help killing any invisible E. coli O157: H7. Arsenault stated that “we can’t put an inspector on a computer to look at this stuff. We need (the) company to do that and if we check them often enough, we’ll have confidence that it’s working.”

The leader of the union of federal food inspectors, Bob Kingston, mentioned that relying too much on the companies for doing their tests honestly was party the reason. He declared “we trusted so much that we didn’t have the built-in process of verifying what they were doing. We talk a lot about being able to do just that: verify the plants are doing what they say they are going to do.”

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