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Truckloads of XL Foods beef arriving at landfill in Brooks, Alberta

Frozen meat stock being run over by heavy equipment, covered with soil to keep animals away



BROOKS, Alta.—Truckloads of meat from the XL Foods processing plant in Brooks, Alta., have begun arriving at a local landfill site for disposal.

Landfill Manager Ray Juska of the Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority said the frozen meat stock is being run over by heavy equipment and then covered with soil to keep animals from getting at it.

The operation is being supervised by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The CFIA said last week that X-L Foods would destroy all of the beef involved in a massive E. coli recall in Canada and the United States.

The agency also said that up to 5.5-million kilograms of meat stored at the Brooks plant and warehouses that wasn’t part of the recall would either be rendered or cooked at a high temperature to kill any E. coli.

The XL plant was shut down last month because of the E. coli contamination, and there’s still no indication when it might reopen for business.

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