Ted Haney – The Realities of XL Foods Selling Beef after the Plant Re-Opens

Assuming that CFIA will eventually allow the Lakeside plant to re-open, many producers and industry insiders are discussing some of the challenges that XL Foods faces in re-establishing sales with customers around Canada, the United States and the rest of the world.

There are few that know more than Ted Haney about selling beef around the world.  Ted spoke to Shaun Haney about the steps that XL Foods will have to go through to try and re-establish itself with beef retailers and ultimately consumers.

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One Comment

David L

Interesting interview, and nice to get comments from an industry insider.

XL Foods may be doing a good job communicating with their corporate customers, but they’re certainly not reassuring me as a former end use consumer. It is irresponsible to the entire meat industry that they don’t seem to be taking any measures to reassure consumers in the safety of their meat products.

For me, the damage has been done. Food safety is big challenge for any processor, but I believe that systemic problems in large companies are hard to avoid, especially if there isn’t a strong will to address them. It would be nice if XL Foods would try to convince me otherwise.

The aspect that concerns me the most is, as an unbranded product, XL Foods meat is difficult to track. And if I could, is it any safer that Cargill meat? Right now I’m very scared to buy meat from any retail location unless it is processed locally or comes from a smaller independent company with a better safety record. Fortunately it is easy for me to source meat locally. I realize it still has risk, but it’s easier to do some due diligence on these suppliers.


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