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New beef labeling law in Canada

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Staff writer ▼ | July 22, 2014
Registered beef processors in Canada must label mechanically tenderized beef starting August 21. Canada's federal government developed the labeling law following the largest beef recall in Canada's history.
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Beef CanadaRegistered beef processors in Canada must label mechanically tenderized beef starting August 21. Canada's federal government developed the labeling law following the largest beef recall in Canada's history.


XL Foods Inc., Brooks, Alberta, was linked to beef contaminated with E. coli that sickened 18 people. A subsequent recall included 1,800 beef products. XL Foods accounted for 35 percent of Canada’s beef-processing capacity. Sao Paulo, Brazil-based JBS SA bought out XL Foods in 2012.

Food-safety authorities identified mechanically tenderized beef as part of the problem. Beef steaks sold at a Costco Wholesale store in Edmonton, Alberta, were linked to several confirmed E. coli infections. However, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency was unable to establish if the steaks were contaminated before or after arriving at the store.


 

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