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    New owner of infamous XL Foods plant touts changes

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...-tour-hth.html



    Several community leaders got their first tour of the former XL Foods meatpacking plant in Brooks since the site closed last year during the largest beef recall in Canadian history.

    Officials with JBS Canada, which took ownership of the troubled plant in January, say the facility has undergone more than 60 inspections in the last six months. It's now shipping meat to Canada, the U.S. and Asia, and those allowed into the plant on Friday say they were impressed with what they saw.

    "I noticed fairly quickly there was a more positive atmosphere," said David Swann, agriculture critic for the Alberta Liberal Party. "There's more openness among management, they are starting to consider giving me some numbers about real issues like the amount of meat they are throwing out, the number of tests that are positive."

    The XL Foods plant was shut down on September 27 after beef processed at the site tested positive for E. coli.

    In all, 18 people became sick and more than 4,000 tonnes of beef were recalled from across Canada and the U.S.

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency launched an investigation into carcass deboning techniques, E. coli controls, meat hygience and sampling techniques after it was discovered that the particular strain of E. coli had not been seen before in either Canada or the U.S.

    It was later made public that the CFIA had previously issued seven corrective action requests to the plant and was monitoring them before the agency decided to shut the plant down.
    Customers demand information

    As well, JBS launched their own reviews after customers like McDonald's demanded more information on how the plant was operating.

    Officials with JBS now say while food safety procedures have improved, it didn't take a drastic overhaul to do that.

    "If you want to say there's a super-dramatic change, no," said Willie Van Solkema, who leads the Canadian division of JBS. "They've changed slightly but we make sure that we are auditing ourselves and that we are doing what we say we are going to do when it comes to food safety."

    JBS also owns a plant in Calgary, which is closed.

    The company says that facility may re-open one day to cut or cook meat but not slaughter animals.

    The plant can slaughter around 3,800 head of cattle per day.
    Ive been keeping an eye on this story since I worked at that hellhole back in 2000 ish. At that time, the unions had been driven out; and well over 2/3 of the workforce did NOT speak english; having been brought over to the plant from Africa mainly. Never in my live before or since had I worked at such a large, dangerous, insane facility - putting the pretense of protecting its workforce on to keep WBC happy but going out of its way to cover up any and all injuries shy of being carried out by ambulance. I had heard the union had gotten back into the place; but I am unsure if that is still the case or not.

    Ill be curious to see how it goes (under I expect).

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    So lots of complaints from staff to WCB, or Prov. OHS then?

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    It has been shut down on occasion yus. However; in my time there, it was made explicitly clear that going to any of the above WOULD cost someone their job - and given how depressed the area was at the time; people were too much in fear of that. Typical story i see and hear out of many similar big box places. "If you dont want to work for us at slave labor and wages, we WILL replace you; easily," was the mentality. Again tho, that was in around a decade ago; may be different now.

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    I remember wintering in a machine shop in the late 70's Resmec machine I believe, they were horrible as well, no hardhats, safety glasses etc. Funny thing someone called OH&s and lo and behold, a raid. Wonderful stuff. Things changed right after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killer kane View Post
    I remember wintering in a machine shop in the late 70's Resmec machine I believe, they were horrible as well, no hardhats, safety glasses etc. Funny thing someone called OH&s and lo and behold, a raid. Wonderful stuff. Things changed right after that.
    Somehow I bet the shop didnt have 2500+ people working there with a multimillion dollar off country business running it.

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    Doesn't matter, they have to follow our laws.

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    LOL!!

    Please, tell me another one.

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    So? At least tell me you made one anonymous complaint. Cause if you didn't speak up and the conditions were that bad, then you have no business bitching about it. Where I worked there were a few of us that would regularly be on the s%&t list for OH&S situations. guess what? They got cleaned up. Of course there was backlash, but some times you gotta take the s%$t with the sugar.

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