St. John’s chicken packer back in business

Newfoundland chicken processor Country Ribbon Inc. has resumed operations after a brief suspension of its federal operating license.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Friday it had suspended the St. John’s company’s license over what the agency called failure to implement “corrective measures required by regulation” to ensure meat safety. [Related story]

The company said Friday the suspension related to “required completion of improvements to our Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) program.” CFIA since 2005 has required federally-licensed meat processors to have HACCP systems in place.

CFIA said Tuesday it had reinstated the license for the plant, which employs up to 300 people. No food recalls were involved in the suspension. — Network

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