TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada Beef Inc. is extremely pleased the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has reinstated the operating license of
Establishment 38, the XL Foods Inc. processing plant at Brooks, Alberta.
"The re-licensing of this plant is significant for our industry," says Rob
Meijer, President of Canada Beef Inc. "It is an important step along the path
to regaining domestic and export market opportunities for products from this
plant. Having a sufficient number of beef processors is vital to ensure we
can produce high quality Canadian beef here in Canada and market to our
domestic and international customers."
Last week, XL Foods Inc. reached an agreement with JBS USA to assume the
management of the beef harvesting and processing operations at Brooks,
Alberta. JBS USA, is a leading animal protein processor in the United States
and Australia and a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A. - the
world's largest protein company. The XL Foods Inc. plant has historically
produced approximately 35 per cent of Canada's beef.
"JBS operates in a world context, says Meijer. "They have strong expertise to
make the plant truly viable. That in turn will help bring stability to the
cattle market, maximize opportunities for our beef cattle producers, and
ensure Canadians and our customers around the world can continue to enjoy a
safe, delicious and nutritious product. Canadian beef cattle producers
appreciate and are thankful for the strong support of Canadian consumers and
our customers around the world."
Canada Beef Inc. is the cattle producer-funded and run organization
responsible for domestic and international beef and veal market development.
It has offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and South
Rob Meijer President Canada Beef Inc. (403) 690-7617 www.canadabeef.ca
Ron Glaser VP, Corporate Affairs and Operations Canada Beef Inc. (403)
SOURCE: Canada Beef Inc.
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