The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday that it has temporarily shut a meatpacking plant linked to contaminated beef products that have been distributed across Canada and the United States. XL Foods has had its operating license temporarily suspended. All products currently at the plant will be released only after being tested for E. coli.
A public health alert about the company’s beef was extended to stores in 30 states and Puerto Rico. Along with retail giant Walmart, the store chains involved in the recall include Safeway, Kroger, Jay C, FoodsCo., Food4Less, Albertsons and Sam’s Club.