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Local meat doesn't necessarily mean safe meat

Local meat doesn't mean safer meat, according to one B.C. abattoir owner. (CBC)
In the wake of the massive XL beef recall, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of local meat.

The conventional wisdom seems to be that it's safer than meat from large processing plants.

The province''s  new minister of agriculture is even talking about expanding local sources of meat here in B.C. as the province prepares to take on more of the inspections now done by the federal government.

But abattoir owner, David Fernie, says more local meat isn't necessarily safer meat.
In fact, he says, the province should be looking at big plants like XL Meats for examples of how to do things right.
Fernie runs an abattoir near Williams Lake, and is the past president of the BC Association of Abattoirs.

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