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Hale urges co-operation after new reports of E. coli with possible links to Alberta beef products

STRATHMORE, AB (Oct. 5, 2012): Wildrose Official Opposition MLA for Strathmore – Brooks, Jason Hale, issued the following statement today in response to reports E. coli cases in Newfoundland and B.C. may be linked to the XL Foods plant in Alberta:

 “Today, news broke of further cases of E. coli that may be related to beef products from the XL Foods plant in my constituency of Strathmore – Brooks. My thoughts go out to those who have been affected by this contamination and to all the workers currently waiting to get back to work. “In Brooks, the XL Foods plant is a significant economic driver and the impact of the temporary shutdown has already been substantial throughout the supply chain. Right now, we need to focus on getting through this incident, getting the plant reopened, and getting my constituents back to work. After the production issues that lead to the incident are corrected, a full investigation into what went wrong will be needed to ensure this doesn’t happen again. “Alberta produces the best beef in the world and will continue to do so. At this time, it’s important for all involved parties to work together to get the plant back on line and restore confidence in our industry.”