Maple Leaf Foods Hit by Cyberattack

Nov. 7, 2022
First attack on a major processor since JBS.

Maple Leaf Foods has revealed that it is undergoing a system outage as of Nov. 6 due to “a cybersecurity incident.”

The Canadian company, 40th on Food Processing’s Top 100©, said in a statement that “it expects that full resolution of the outage will take time and result in some operational and service disruptions.” The statement said that a “team of information systems professionals and third-party experts are working diligently with all available resources to investigate the outage and resolve the situation.”

No other details about the cybersecurity incident were available. This is the first major cyberattack against a Top 100 company reported since JBS USA suffered an attack in June 2021 that shut down plants around the world.

About the Author

Pan Demetrakakes | Senior Editor

Pan has written about the food and beverage industry for more than 25 years. His areas of coverage have included formulations, processing, packaging, marketing and retailing. Pan worked for Food Processing Magazine for six years in the 1990s, where he was operations editor (his current role), touring dozens of food plants of every description. He has also worked for Packaging and Food & Beverage Packaging magazines, the latter as chief editor, during which he won three ASBPE awards. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in communications.

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