Maple Leaf still clearing plant of listeria
The facility was closed on Aug. 20 due to listeria concerns after an outbreak, and the plant reopened on Sept. 17. Maple Leaf and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have provided oversight to the facility to determine the effectiveness of food safety protocols. Since the plantís reopening, 841 environmental samples have been taken with one positive result for listeria, and the company is pleased with this result because it is lower than what normal practice would yield in listeria management programs.
"Listeria exists in all food plants, all supermarkets and presumably
in all kitchens," said Michael McCain, president and chief executive
officer. "Our testing protocols are designed to find positive results so
we can remediate them immediately. The
"While there is no risk to the public, we are behaving in the most conservative way possible according to the protocols in how these findings are always to be handled."
Products also have been tested and subject to a hold and release protocol
where composite product samples are tested for Listeria monocytogenes
and held based on confirmation of negative results before being cleared for
distribution. Over 5,000 product tests have been completed with only four
positive results found. As a result, distribution of products from the
"We are being ultra-cautious in this facility, more cautious than any
other plant in
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