The next time you go shopping for beef, you should ask the store clerk whether its from X-L Foods
The next time you go shopping for beef at the store -- you should ask whether its from X-L Foods in Alberta.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has made that recommendation since the list of stores and products affected by the potential E.coli contamination is so long.
E.coli bacteria was first detected at the X-L plant in Brooks, Alberta on September 4th.
It wasn't until three weeks later that the C-F-I-A suspended the plant's operating license.
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz insists food safety hasn't been compromised.
The closure of the plant is affecting the cattle industry.
The X-L plant in southern Alberta has a slaughter capacity of about 5-thousand cattle a day -- and there's no timeline for its re-opening.
Here's some good news for cattle producers.
Canadian breeding cattle now have market access to Libya.
It's the first time that has happened since the B-S-E outbreak in 2003.
The federal government says the newly re-opened market is estimated by industry to be worth up to 3-million dollars.
Canadian exports of agriculture and food products to Libya in 2010 were worth more than 31 million dollars.