CFIA restores operating license for XL Foods
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has lifted its suspension of the operating license for the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta. The agency says the plant will be allowed to “progressively resume” slaughter and meat-processing operations, reports the Canadian Press.
The company had been readying its workers for a reopening prior to the CFIA notice. The owners of the plant told the United Food and Commercial Workers union that workers were being called back for three days of training starting next Wednesday, reports The Globe and Mail.
JBS USA officials are to meet with XL Foods Inc. employees this week in groups of 100 to talk about the company’s plans for the plant, which has been closed since Sept. 27.
“It’s certainly a step in the right direction because we’ve had no communication with XL, so the fact that JBS has reached out and wants to have a discussion I think bodes well,” said Doug O’Halloran of the UFCW.
Source: Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail