Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:35pm EDT
Source of Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN1729355720080917?sp=true
(Updates with comments from news conference)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Production resumed on Wednesday at the Maple Leaf Foods (MFI.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) deli meat plant at the center of this summer's deadly outbreak of listeriosis food poisoning in Canada.
it would probably be reasonable to expect the product on the shelves mid to
late next week," McCain told a news conference in
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it has allowed the plant to run for a three-day period during which products will be held and tested.
The bacteria has been linked to 16 cases in which it was a contributing or underlying cause of death, and eight more cases in which its connection with a death was still being investigated.
prompted the company,
The meats had been shipped to nursing homes, hospitals as well as stores and restaurants.
The meat was believed to have been contaminated by bacteria on two slicers, and the company has changed the procedures for cleaning such equipment in all of its facilities, McCain said.
McCain said Maple Leaf recognized it now had to rebuild confidence among consumers and that some customers will be slow to return to its products.
"We recognize that it is going to take time and commitment to earn that back," he said.
The incident has sparked complaints that the federal government has given producers too big a role in inspecting their own facilities and products.
McCain said he
supported giving government food inspectors more resources, and that he still
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