Friday, September 5, 2008

Maple Leaf: Any Way You Slice It

The CEO of Maple Leaf announced this evening that poorly cleaned slicing machines might have been the source of Canada's lethal national outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes, according to a CBC report.

Michael McCain apparently told reporters that bacteria trapped deep inside the slicing equipment escaped the company's "rigorous sanitation procedures."

Before Maple Leaf is permitted to restart operations, may we suggest that the company and CFIA conduct a thorough reappraisal of those sanitation procedures, as well as the intensity, scope and frequency of equipment swabbing tests used to verify the rigor and effectiveness of those procedures? 

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