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Ottawa launches XL Foods E. coli beef review

OTTAWA - The federal government has launched a review of the E. coli outbreak last fall that sickened 18 people and lead to the largest beef recall in Canadian history.

The review is to focus on what contributed to the outbreak of the potentially deadly bacteria at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta.

It will also look at how well the Canadian Food Inspection Agency performed, including why tainted meat was distributed to retailers and sold to consumers.

Agriculture Canada says the review will be conducted by an independent panel of experts who are to hand in a report with recommendations to improve food safety.

At the time of the E. coli outbreak the XL Foods plant was the largest Canadian-owned beef slaughter facility in the country.

It is now owned and operated by JBS Food Canada, a subsidiary of JBS South America.

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