OTTAWA – As anticipated, more cuts of beef have been added to the recall list of products from the huge XL Foods meat packing plant in Brooks, Alta.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency today made dozens of additions to its list of beef products at risk of possible E.coli contamination.
The list of stores and products affected by the recall is now so long that consumers are advised to inquire at the point of purchase whether the beef they’re buying came from XL Foods.
E.coli was first detected at the XL plant on Sept.4, but it wasn’t until three weeks later that the CFIA suspended the plant’s operating licence until measures are implemented to ensure its products are safe.
Liberal MP Ralph Goodale has blamed the E.coli scare on changes to the meat inspection system introduced by the Harper Conservatives.
But Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz insists food safety hasn’t been compromised and says the government actually has more inspectors on the job than in previous years.