CFIA says XL Foods was Too Slow to Alert

It is now announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency after all inspections and investigations that XL Foods is guilty of not alerting government inspectors as soon as required about contaminated meat. It also mentioned that the company was, however, compelled to do so under federal regulations. This declaration was made by George Da Pont, along with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, at another news conference on Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Da Pont stated that CFIA has tailored an elaborative timeline of the events which led to the recall, which will be published on the agency’s website soon. He mentioned that “a good number of the issues that were identified by the in-depth review team that we sent in were, number one, that the plant was not doing the trend analysis that it’s required to do in situations on a day when, for example, you get a spike in the number of positive findings.”

He revealed that “they were not doing the proper trend analysis. They were not taking then, the corrective measures that you normally would expect once that trend analysis is done, and we also found some issues [with] one of the specific corrective actions – a bracketing system.”

Mr. Da Pont clearified that six CFIA veterinarians and 40 CFIA inspectors were already working in the XL Plant at the moment. He implied that “we intend, before the end of the day, to post information on the specific details of the Corrective Action Request.” Mr. Ritz stated that CFIA is fully funded and working in its complete capacity upon the given information it received. He said that “we acted as quickly and as responsibly as we possibly could.”

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