OTTAWA, Ontario – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cancelled the Safe Food for Canadians licenses of three companies following a food safety investigation.
Effective immediately, Ryding-Regency Meat Packers LTD., Canadian Select Meats Inc. (operating under St. Ann’s Foods Inc.) and The Beef Boutique LTD. (also operating under St. Ann’s Foods Inc.) are no longer licensed to slaughter food animals or prepare meat products for export or to be sent from one province or territory to another, CFIA said. The agency made the decision after finding that the companies gave the agency false or misleading information concerning E. coli lab test results.
CFIA announced numerous food recalls related to E. coli O157:H7 contamination in various beef and veal products related to the food safety investigation. The agency launched a probe into the three companies in September after finding that some products were potentially contaminated. The agency suspended the licenses for the establishments, as well, to protect the public.
“CFIA has now concluded the food safety investigation and no additional recalls are expected in respect of this investigation,” the agency said.