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Operations resume for XL Foods, Capital Packers
Chandra Lye, CTV Edmonton
Published Saturday, December 8, 2012 11:58AM MST
Last Updated Saturday, December 8, 2012 6:44PM MST
XL Foods is being allowed to resume exports to the United States.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) informed Canada’s Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of the decision on Friday.
The FSIS said XL Foods showed renewed commitment and ability to meet the department’s high food standards.
Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson said the decision was good news for the province.
“Alberta’s reputation for high quality, safe food products has been maintained and the re-opening of our largest trading partner is very good news for everyone involved.”
CFIA said it will continue to oversee the company’s plant activities.
The CFIA has also allowed Capital Packers Inc. to resume operations.
The company’s license was suspended after testing showed signs of listeria.
Capital Packers undertook a voluntarily recall of its ham sausage products in November.
CFIA said the decision to reopen operations was made after Capital Packers demonstrated it has adequate controls in place to meet food safety standards.
For more on the CFIA’s investigation into Capital Packers click here.
The Agency said it will still be intensely monitoring the company to verify corrective actions continue in the plants daily operations.
The decision was effective on December 5.
About 60 to 70 of the company’s 100 workers were affected by the shut down.