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Under the new policy, processors must conduct environmental testing to seek out the presence of Listeria on any surfaces where meat may come in contact; all positive test results from meat sampling or environmental testing must be immediately reported to C.F.I.A.; and the agency will be improving its verification program by increasing the frequency in which it conducts unannounced checks inside of plants, relays The Canadian Press.
Maple Leaf Foods called the government's new Listeria policy "an essential next step towards higher levels of safety in the meat industry," according to a company news release.
"We are encouraged to see the implementation of enhanced standards that will raise food-safety standards across the industry," said Michael McCain, president and chief executive officer. "The best food-safety system involves strong industry participation, with equally strong regulatory standards and oversight.
Maple Leaf Foods recently agreed to pay up
to $27 million to settle class-action lawsuits brought against it after a
deadly outbreak of listeriosis was traced to
one of its processing plants in
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