STRATHMORE, AB (December 8, 2012): Today, Wildrose MLA for Strathmore – Brooks Jason Hale welcomed news that beef products from XL Foods will resume exporting to U.S. markets after the U.S. Department of Agriculture relisted the plant on Friday.
Hale issued the following statement: “The news beef exports from XL Foods can resume to the U.S. is a relief to the community of Brooks and indeed the province of Alberta. The recall of the beef products and subsequent temporary closure of the plant resulted in hardships on the workers, ranchers and community. “The resumption of exports to the U.S. indicates the situation has stabilized, which is certainly welcome news in my constituency of Strathmore – Brooks. We must remain vigilant that this never happens again. “While the recall was a devastating event, the community pulled together to overcome this challenge. With co-operation of the CFIA, the federal, provincial and local governments, as well as the community as a whole, Brooks and its partners pulled together when it counted. "I look forward to a full investigation into the incident so we might learn how to prevent this from happening in the future."