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Suspension lifted at Newfoundland's Country Ribbon chicken plant

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A chicken plant in Newfoundland and Labrador says its operating licence has been reinstated after a brief suspension.

The suspension was put in place Friday at St. John’s-based Country Ribbon and affected the plant’s ability to operate as a federally inspected plant.

No products were recalled as part of the suspension.

Chief executive Ian Pittman said the suspension was implemented because the company did not meet a deadline set by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for documenting food safety improvements at the plant.

In a statement posted Monday on its website, Country Ribbon says it worked over the weekend to improve monitoring and record-keeping.

The company, which employs about 325 people, says it is resuming production.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the company posted a statement on its website Tuesday.