Beef recall plant to be taken over by subsidiary of Brazilian company

A subsidiary of a Brazilian-based company that calls itself a leading animal protein processor in the U.S. and Australia says it is taking over management of XL Foods, the Alberta-based plant at the heart of the recent beef recall.

JBS USA says the agreement also provides the company an exclusive option to buy the Canadian and U.S. operations of XL Foods.

XL will continue to manage its other Canadian and U.S. operations during the option period.

JBS says in a news release that effective immediately, it will become the manager of XL’s Lakeside plant in Brooks, Alta.

Bill Rupp, president and chief operating officer of JBS USA, says the company knows full well the commitment it takes to manage world-class operations that “produce safe and nutritious products.”

XL Foods has been idle since Sept. 27 over E. coli contamination.