Agriculture Minister Plans to Discuss Beef Recall

All those awaiting explanation and details of the biggest beef recall in Canadian history might have some luck today as the federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, is scheduled to make a press conference and answer questions in Calgary. Rit. There hasn’t really had been any debate on measuring the pros and cons of the decision since the recall commenced over the weekend. This press conference will take place at a Canadian Food Inspection Agency laboratory at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Almost 15,000 beef products supposedly contaminated by E. coli were recalled, all of which were process and packed at the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Atlanta. These products were not easy to track, as not only were they dispersed and sold in every province of Canada, but also 41 states of America. Overall five definite cases of infection have been confirmed due to the XL Foods products sold through Costco store, whereas another five suspicious cases are still under investigation.

Due to the recent events and their consequences, it was inevitable that food safety becomes the foremost important subject of the Parliament Hill. New Democrat MP, Ruth-Ellen Brosseau, who is also the party’s deputy agriculture critic, stated that Quebec’s farmers are getting worried of the long-term effect of the beef recall on the industry. She stated that “It’s going to affect the whole beef industry. So I’m looking for the future, I want to know what’s going to happen in the next few months, few weeks.”

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