Cornwall, Ont. – The Olymel Prince Foods bacon cutting and packaging plant in Cornwall, Ont. has temporarily closed following a recall of about 2,900 lbs of diced bacon that may have been contaminated with Listeria.
Olymel Prince Foods announced on Aug. 3 that 320 employees at its Cornwall, Ont. facility were being laid off for approximately a month while the plant was to undergo “modernization.” This was separate from a planned $1.5-million upgrade.
Then, on Aug. 11 the facility announced in the Cornwall Standard Freeholder that a July recall of bacon exported to the U.S. was one of the deciding factors in closing the plant. Speaking with the newspaper, company spokesperson Richard Vigneault, said, “The U.S. recall is dated on July 22, it was one of the elements that brought us to take the decision of closing the plant for a certain number of weeks, as a matter of fact, four weeks, to implement procedures, take actions, to meet and surpass all standards.”
The Cornwall plant is one of 20 Olymel pork and chicken processing facilities across Canada.