MP Dan Albas Confident of Government Handling of Tainted Beef

10/11/2012

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is going over Alberta's XL Foods plant with a fine toothed comb.

The plant  was closed down over E. coli concerns last month.

Okanagan Coquihalla MP Dan Albas says he is certain consumer confidence will be restored once the plant is cleared of any concerns.

"At this point CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) has not cleared them to open. There is no time table until CFIA has determined the plant is 100% safe to operate for Canadians."

The owners of X-L Foods say they have fixed all of the problems that were cited by the food safety agency.

When asked about reassuring the public on the safety of Canadian food Albas says the Tory government has put in more to the Canadian Food Inspection agency than any other government.

"We've seen a 20% increase in CFIA's budget over the past few years. And this is coupled with increased inspection capacity and including more front line officers."

Twelve people including one in BC were infected by a strain of E. coli that was linked to tainted meet at the XL plant in Brooks, Alberta.

Anita Sthankiya -Penticton

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