The CFIA director of meat programs, Richard Arsenault, confirmed that the XL Food’s Plant investigation has resumed and “they’ll finish cutting up and we’ll do our assessment and that shouldn’t be something that takes a terribly long amount of time, so either the end of this week or the beginning of next week sometime. It depends how the plant performs.”
Almost 800 workers are scheduled to resume their partial working capacity on the plant on Tuesday to finish the processing of the carcasses stuck in the production lines of the facility. Hence the recall of the workers is momentary, as they will only be processing the meat of animals killed before the plant was sealed.
Arsenault mentioned that if the inspection goes as planned the plant might reach a step closer to resume the slaughter of cattle and shipping of meat in full capacity. He stated that “If the plant can demonstrate to us that it has a full commitment and can operate in full compliance then the next step would be to see progressive reopenings of the other activities in that plant.”