Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prairie Update

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(Beef-Recall)

The owners of the Alberta plant involved in a massive recall of beef products says it has fixed all the problems that forced food safety officials to shut it down.

Brian Nilsson, C-E-O of X-L Foods Inc., says it welcomes Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors who are inspecting its plant in Brooks, Alberta.

Nilsson says X-L Foods has completed all the corrective actions the agency requested since it was closed on September 27th due to problems including the management of E. coli risk, maintenance and sanitation.

In a release, he also says the company deeply regrets the illnesses caused by the eating of beef products.

Eleven people from four provinces have gotten sick from eating beef that came from the X-L meat-processing plant in southern Alberta. (The Canadian Press)

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(Beef-Recall-Sask)

Canada's agriculture minister says 13 cases of E. coli reported in Saskatchewan are not linked to the Alberta plant involved in a massive beef recall.

Gerry Ritz told a radio show (John Gormley Live) today that these people don't have the same strain of E. coli as 11 other Canadians who have gotten sick from meat that is linked to X-L Foods.

He also says staff from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff are in the plant in southern Alberta today for a pre-inspection.

Ritz tells a Saskatoon radio show (John Gormley Live) the inspectors are checking to see if the company has fixed the problems that forced its closure on September 27th.

Ritz says there's no date for the operation to re-open. (CKOM, The Canadian Press)

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(Winnipeg-Beef-Plant)

Some residents in Winnipeg are upset about a new beef plant in their neighbourhood.

The 40-million dollar ProNatur plant is described as a small niche processor of premium beef.

Walter Kleinschmidt of the Old St. Boniface Resident's Association says it;'s being built in the wrong place.

Adam Dooley of the Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Council says it's the right location, and it would employ 125 people full time. (CJOB)

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(Oilsands-Contamination)

A pair of recently published studies are questioning the long-distance environmental impact of the oilsands. …

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