Thursday, October 9, 2008

Four more samples of Listeria at closed Maple Leaf plant

TORONTO — Despite a massive clean-up effort and a tightly controlled reopening, a Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) plant at the centre of a deadly listeriosis outbreak has produced more contaminated meat samples, according to both the company and Canada's food safety watchdog.

Maple Leaf and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency released statements late Wednesday night saying four samples out of thousands taken had tested positive for the bacterium.

The tainted samples came from the Toronto plant at the centre of the outbreak that has killed 20 people nationwide.

None of the products produced at the plant since it reopened Sept. 17 have been sold and there is no danger to the public, the company and the CFIA said.

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