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XL Foods recalls staff

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OTTAWA, Ont. -- The meat processing company at the centre of an E. coli outbreak is recalling 800 workers it laid off only a day earlier, breaking an impasse that kept federal inspectors from completing their review of the operation.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's evaluation of XL Foods ground to a halt this weekend when the firm announced it was temporarily laying off 2,000 workers. Federal inspectors said they had nothing to inspect without the workers handling the beef.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 15, 2012 B5

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