XL Foods ordered to upgrade safety

The sign at the main entrance to XL Foods plant is shown in Brooks, Alberta, about 200 km east of...

The sign at the main entrance to XL Foods plant is shown in Brooks, Alberta, about 200 km east of Calgary. The company's Brooks plant, which processes about a third of Canada's beef, had its licence suspended Sept. 27 in the midst of a massive recall on meat products due to potential E. coli contamination. (QMI Agency/JIM WELLS)

DAVE DORMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

Days after the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta., resumed operations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has asked that new corrective measures be put in place.

"As would be expected in a facility that has not been in regular operation for some time, there have been some observations made by CFIA that resulted in the CFIA issuing new, corrective action requests," read an update released Sunday.

Those observations include condensation on pipes in the tripe room, water in a sanitizer not being maintained at a high temperature, meat-cutting areas not being adequately cleaned, and sanitizing chemical solution not being used in mats for cleaning employees' boots.

The company complied with the request immediately, said the release, by sending potentially contaminated product for rendering, bringing sanitizers to compliance, cleaning the meat-cutting area and adding sanitizer to the boot mats.

The CFIA also asked the company to provide a corrective action plan outlining how the issues will be avoided in the future, which it did.

As part of a previously scheduled audit of the Canadian inspection system, members of the U.S. Food Inspection Agency visited the plant on Friday and their findings will be released at a later date.

The plant was ordered closed by CFIA in late September following an outbreak of E. coli and resumed operations Oct. 29 after its operations were taken over by JBS USA.

Since the outbreak, 17 people across Canada have fallen ill due to exposure to E. coli linked to the XL Foods facility.

dave.dormer@sunmedia.ca

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