Stewart says he is not pleased with how anyone has performed in the recall of beef products from XL Foods that was sparked by E. coli concerns.
Stewart says he is unhappy with how the Canadian Food Inspection Agency dealt with the problem last month and the closure of the plant, which handles 35 per cent of Canada's beef.
"We are not pleased with anyone's actions on this thing," Stewart said Thursday in Regina.
"The timelines that we are learning about are disconcerting. It is unfortunate when our producers produce a safe product and further down the value chain things go off of the rails. They (producers) will be the people who pay the price."
A market analyst says the beef recall has already pushed down cattle prices.
"We have seen fed cattle prices in Western Canada down about $2 per hundredweight over the week," Grant Zalinko said.
"Non-fed cattle prices are off more than that, somewhere between $3 and $4 dollars per hundredweight, on those cull-cow prices."The letter comes the same day as Sakatchewan Premier Brad Wall publicly called for answers as to the true state of food safety in Canada. "I think we'll want to find out what our [provincial] agriculture ministry is hearing from the federal government in terms of resources available now to make sure food safety is the top priority," Wall told reporters in Regina Wednesday, just before a meeting of his provincial cabinet.
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