Just 19 days after embattled Canadian processor XL Foods agreed to give JBS USA the option to buy its Canadian and U.S. operations, XL’s co-CEOs Brian and Lee Nilsson promised the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) “top down [changes] through the organization.”
In a letter dated Oct. 18 but not made public by CFIA until Wednesday, the Nilssons stated that “the facility is committed to becoming recertified under the requirements of the Global Food Safety initiative.”
“With the use of new observation tools such as remote video auditing, Management will be notified of discrepancies in performance and will be able to counsel the employee in one-on-one situations with video evaluation results,” the co-CEOs wrote to Barbara Jordan, associate vice-president of CFIA.
The proposed changes include re-validation of the hot water wash intervention and a modified pre-evisceration carcass wash cabinet that will be installed by February 2013.
The letter largely reflects the changes it proposed earlier this month, including increased computer monitoring of the high-pressure hot water wash intervention.
The Edmonton, Alberta-based company said its training program will be re-designed by third-party experts; it will add additional quality-control personnel to each shift to monitor sanitary dressing practices.
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