Beef Recall across Canada and USA
The Alberta facility at the centre of a massive beef recall in Canada and the U-S after an E. coli outbreak has had its operating licence temporarily suspended.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says X-L Foods can't resume operations until it implements specific corrective actions.
The C-F-I-A also says all products at the plant will be tested for E. coli before being released.
The U-S Agriculture department has also extended its public-health alert about beef from the X-L plant to stores in 30 states.
There are concerns from the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
The union represents food inspectors in Canada.
And it says the recall alerts raises questions about a federal government plan to eliminate the inspection of food shipments at some Canada-U-S border points.
The union points out it was tests by U-S inspectors at a Montana border crossing that first detected E. coli in the ground beef produced.
The U-S Drought Monitor's new map shows 65.5 per cent of the country is experiencing some form of drought this week.
The portion of the U-S in extreme or exceptional drought -- the two worst classifications -- rose to 21 and a half per cent.
The latest update did not reflect storms that pounded portions of Missouri and Illinois this week.
A giant rats' nest has been destroyed in a southern Alberta city fighting to get rid of the rodents.
An official in Medicine Hat confirm they have gotten rid of an 80 metre long nesting site at the landfill this week.
Ed Jollymore says no live rats were found.
Alberta's rat-free status was put into question last month when the nest was discovered at the dump.
At least 100 Norway rats were killed by city staff.