Hundreds of products affected by recalls
Published Monday, October 1, 2012 3:34PM MDT
Last Updated Monday, October 1, 2012 6:57PM MDT
The list of beef products recalled due to E. coli contamination continues to expand after the CFIA identified another positive sample over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found E. coli in raw beef trimmings produced at an Alberta facility that was supplied by XL Foods.
Hundreds of products have been added to the list since the CFIA began its investigation on September 4.
XL Foods Lakeside in Brooks was handed a temporary suspension last Thursday after several recalls were issued by the CFIA regarding E. coli tainted beef products.
The recalls came two weeks after the initial discovery of contaminated beef in a shipment to the U.S.
The XL Foods plant processes a third of all Canadian beef, and since its closure cattle ranchers have been growing increasingly concerned.
On Sunday, Premier Alison Redford met with beef producers to discuss the potential effects of XL's closure.
Ranchers say the longer the shutdown, the more likely cattle prices will suffer.
The 2,000 people who work at the plant are also suffering.
Redford says the priority now is to let people know that Alberta beef is still a safe, high-quality product, and to ensure the XL Foods plant reopens as soon as possible in compliance with federal regulations.
However, at this point, there's still no clear indication when that might happen.
Click here for a full list of the recalled products.
To view a timeline of the recalls, visit the CFIA website.