Meat and Poultry Industry News

Canadian inspectors halt operations at Alberta meat plant

November 26, 2012
KEYWORDS CFIA / listeria
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Canadian food inspectors suspended operations at an Edmonton, Alberta, beef plant last week. Capital packers detected the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes on the sleeve of one of its employees and notified the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The CFIA suspended the company's license as a precautionary measure after finding it was unable to properly track the whereabouts of its products, reports Reuters.

"The company's ability to understand the distribution of their products is in question and is an element of concern for us, hence the license suspension," Paul Mayers, associate vice-president of programs at the CFIA, told reporters on a teleconference.

Initially, the company told the CFIA that the potentially affected products were under its control. The CFIA's own investigation determined that they may in fact have been delivered to several provinces, Mayers said.

Capital Packers has voluntarily recalled ham sausages under the Capital and Compliments brand names.

"The ham sausage recall that is underway is not directly related to the suspension, however we are voluntarily recalling this product because there was found to be a positive for Listeria on an employee sleeve working on a packaging equipment line," the company said in a statement. "We are working closely with the CFIA to rectify this situation in a timely manner."

CFIA officials said the plant will remain closed until they are satisfied that the company has improved its record-keeping, adding that additional products could be added to the recall as the investigation continues.

Source: Reuters

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries


Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

More Podcasts

National Provisioner


January 2015

The first NP issue of 2015 features January's cover story: Certified Angus Beef; as well as How to Respond to a Food Crisis, Pep in Poultry’s Step, and so much more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Independent Processor


December 2014

The December issue of IP features cover story: A full Haus, Mike Sloan’s award-winning bratwursts draw visitors to the Hermann Wurst Haus by the thousands.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Provisioner Store

The National Provisioner Source Book

The Sourcebook is an exclusive buyer’s guide and reference tool for product and supplier information in the meat, poultry and seafood marketplace.

More Products


A complete reference guide to supplies. Go to NP's Sourcebook now to check out the latest and greatest in the meat and poultry processing business.


Facebook icon Twitter icon  YouTube iconLinkedIn icon google +

Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

criticalhomepagethumbFrom terrorism to vandalism, it’s preparedness, response, training and partnerships. Learn about some of the critical security issues facing this sector.

Visit the Critical Infrastructure page to read more.