Maple Leaf plant resumes production
Maple Leaf Foods have announced that it is resuming
production at its Bartor Road facility in Toronto, following the completion of a
comprehensive pre-operation inspection conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection
Agency ("CFIA"). Maple Leaf voluntarily closed the plant after certain products
were found to contain listeria.
"This plant has undergone intensive investigation, deep sanitizations and
testing to ensure that the listeria contamination linked to the recent outbreak
has been eradicated." said Michael McCain, President and CEO. "While we have
always practiced the highest level of vigilance, we are implementing even more
rigorous food safety standards going forward, which are best practice in Canada
and the industry."
The Bartor Road facility has undergone six intensive
sanitizations, well beyond normal cleaning practices, under the supervision of
microbiologists and sanitation experts.
Slicing equipment has been
completely disassembled and deep cleaned and tested multiple times. Slicing
equipment across the Company is subject to daily disassembly prior to daily
cleaning and regularly scheduled intensive disassembly to verify elimination of
potential harbourage points, well beyond industry standards.
effectiveness of the sanitisation effort has been verified through recent
extensive testing, including more than 1,200 swab tests for listeria from
various points on all production lines and throughout the plant.
plant will resume production over a phased-in period. No products will be
released until the CFIA and Maple Leaf are fully satisfied that food safety
protocols in place at the Bartor Road plant are effective. Test runs of products
will also be completed before any new product is distributed from the
â€¢ Maple Leaf Foods
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