After the meat recall that rocked the food industry over the past few months, three massive Toronto meat packers have been shuttered.
Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, Canadian Select Meats Inc. and The Beef Boutique Inc. are without a license to operate as of yesterday due to the E.coli outbreak that led to the recall of nearly 1,000 different raw beef and veal products.
The companies were found to have given “false or misleading information” about lab results pertaining to the outbreak.
The latter two slaughterhouses are under the umbrella of St. Ann’s Food Inc., located in Etobicoke. Both Ryding-Regency and St. Ann’s had their licenses suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in late September for non-compliances related to control measures.
Animal rights activists have been trying to get Ryding-Regency shut down for some time due to the facility’s shockingly cruel practices, which include skinning cows alive, as has been caught on video. So for many, the news is cause for celebration.
But for others, it’s quite the opposite. Beef Farmers of Ontario released a public statement calling the closures “a major blow” to the sector, which has already been dealing with a backlog of cattle following the license suspensions.
How the closures will further impact meat industry stakeholders and meat consumers remains to be seen.