CFIA reinstates eastern Sask. beef plant

Four weeks after it was pulled, the federal operating license for a southeastern Saskatchewan cattle slaughter plant has been reinstated.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) last week said it’s reinstated the license effective Thursday (Aug. 7) for the Qu’Appelle Beef plant at Neudorf, Sask., about 35 km southwest of Melville.

The plant’s license had been suspended effective July 10, CFIA said last month, after the facility, operated by Northern Natural Processing, “failed to implement corrective measures required by regulation.”

Without providing specifics, CFIA last month said “adequate controls for food safety were not being reliably implemented in the facility on a consistent basis.”

NNP’s beef operations had previously run afoul of CFIA in late June, when certain products were subject to a Class 3 (defined as “low and no risk”) recall due to “unsuitable primary ingredients.”

CFIA later confirmed to other media outlets that the “ingredients” were a carcass from which samples had tested positive for bovine lymphosarcoma, a form of cancer involving an animal’s lymph tissues.

The Neudorf plant, which runs in tandem with a further-processing plant at nearby Wolseley, started life in 2005 as a producer-owned operation.

The facility was one of several bids, in the wake of BSE’s appearance in Canada in 2003, to boost beef slaughter capacity on the eastern Prairies.

The plants’ previous operator, Natural Valley Farms, went into receivership in 2008. NNP bought up the NVF assets in 2012. — Network


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