Review recommendations will further strengthen Canada’s food safety systems

Calgary, AB – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) welcomes the Independent Review of XL Foods Inc. Beef Recall 2012 tabled in the House of Commons today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz. Canadian cattle producers strongly support the ultimate objective of reducing, and if possible eliminating, E. coli related illness associated with beef. We believe that the independent review contains important recommendations that will further strengthen Canada’s food safety systems.

In the time period following the recall, the CCA developed an E.coli O157 Research and Education Strategy which includes research supporting many of the recommendations contained in the review regarding E.coli interventions. Prior to this, Canadian cattle producers have for many years supported food safety research including work related to preharvest interventions. Most recently, CCA has submitted the required documentation to renew our 1998 petition to allow for the irradiation of beef in Canada. We are extremely pleased to see that the report recommends [11] that industry make such an application and that Health Canada give it prompt attention.