Leaf begins selling meat from Toronto
Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:52am EDT
Source of Article: http://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCATRE49K5KZ20081021
Manitoba (Reuters) - Maple Leaf Foods Inc has started distributing meat from
the Toronto plant associated with an outbreak of listeriosis
food poisoning after getting clearance from health officials, a company
spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will continue to
require samples of all meat from the plant to test negative for the bacteria
before the company can distribute it, spokeswoman Linda Smith said.
"Any product that is appropriate for
distribution and has been cleared by the hold and release program ... that
product is going into distribution," she said.
Contaminated deli meats from the Toronto plant were linked to at least 20
deaths this year. After an extensive investigation, the company, one of Canada's
largest meat processors, said it believed two slicers at the plant had been
harboring the bacteria.
The plant was shut down for a month, and then was
permitted to operate while health officials tested samples of all meat
Two weeks ago, regulators found four samples of meat
that tested positive for the bacteria, all from one of the plant's 12
That production line is not currently operating,
Smith said. Testing of meat from all other lines has been consistently
negative, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on its website.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton;
Editing by Peter Galloway)