CFIA suspends licence of Saskatchewan beef plant over food safety concerns
Plant will not be able to resume operations until 'corrective measures' taken, agency says
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the operating licence of a beef slaughter plant in southeastern Saskatchewan due to concerns over food safety.
The agency says it suspended the licence of Northern Natural Processing LP in Neudorf, as of July 10 because the operator failed to implement corrective measures to ensure the safety of the meat products produced there.
It also said adequate controls for food safety were not being reliably implemented at the plant on a consistent basis.
The agency said the plant cannot resume operations until the corrective measures have been put in place and it is confident in the plant's capacity to effectively manage food safety risks.
CBC News contacted the CFIA to learn more about the suspension and was told the same company was also the subject of a recall over unacceptable food ingredients. However, the current suspension is not related to that recall.
According to the CFIA, the licence suspension relates to "problems with pest control."
The CFIA did not elaborate on what sort of pests were involved.
The federal government's Job Market Report said on its website that Northern Natural Processing LP, known as Qu'Appelle Beef, reopened a harvest plant south of Neudorf and a processing plant located in Wolseley the week of May 12, 2014.
It said each plant employed 20 people, and the company expected to hire another 50 people at each plant as business increased.
With files from CBC News