Three tanneries in Canada have been shut-down. The nation’s food safety agency (Canadian Food Inspection Agency – CFIA) has revoked the licenses from three different sites. Their responsibilities included supplying the agency with sanitation information, but they allegedly gave the CFIA falsified laboratory results with regards to the presence of the Escherichia Coli bacteria.
Three sites shut-down
The decision has affected the companies Ryding-Regency, Canadian Select Meats and The Beef Boutique. The decrete is “effective-immidiate – communicates the agency itself -. They can no longer work meat that is destined to consumption markets and/or the preparation of meat-based products to be exported”.
The three companies were under the CFIA’s microscope after allegations had been brought forward regarding the fact that there could have been a wide-spread presence of the Escherichia Coli bacteria in the meat, superior to the levels allowed by regulations. The information was in contrast with what declared by the three entities. The agency, following the allegations, launched an investigation in September. Meanwhile, activities inside the sites under investigations have been grounded “to guarantee consumer safety”, as the agency itself communicates. The investigation brought the agency to find a strain of the O157:H7 “in various beef products”.