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New management for XL Foods


October 18, 2012
By The Canadian Press

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Oct. 18, 2012, Brooks, AB – New management is on the way for XL Foods’s Brooks, Alberta plant, which is at the centre of a massive beef recall.

Management of the plant has been taken over by Colorado-based JBS USA, an arm of a Brazilian company that calls itself a leading processor of animal protein.

JBS USA, which has operations in the US and Australia, also bills itself as an experienced firm that knows what it takes to
produce safe food.

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The Brooks plant, one of Canada’s biggest beef processors, was closed three weeks ago because of E. coli contamination.

XL says it welcomes JBS USA’s help to get the plant back up and running.

Workers at the facility were laid off again yesterday as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency prepares to review whether the plant can re-open.

Fifteen people in four provinces have become ill from a strain of E. coli linked to the XL plant and some people have filed lawsuits against the company.