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Agriculture Report

Durham butcher closing doors

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New regulations force Durham butcher to close.


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A Durham butcher shop is closing its doors Saturday, a victim of over regulation by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Kevin Soady Easton is the owner of Empire meats, a Scottish specialty meat and Burcher shop and says he simply cannot afford the cost of complying with new food safety regulations.

He says for his small one person burtcher shop to comply with the new regulations it would cost more than 150 thousand dollars to  renovate his place of business.

Soady-Easton says in his 12 years in business, there have never been any food safety problems.

Soady Easton says he is not the only small town burtcher to crumble under the weight of the Agriculture Ministry regulations as another butcher in Mount Forrest closed his doors as did one in Hanover.

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The Canola Council of Canada says it will spend 350-thousand dollars on research on the role of canola in the prevention and treatment of heart disease and diabetes.

David Jenkins of the University of Toronto says the funding will allow his team to continue research into nutritional ways of preventing and treating diabetes and heart disease.

Council director Brian Chorney says the research is welcome news for Canada's 50-thousand canola growers.

He says research proves canola is the healthiest cooking oil in the world.

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The Chair of the Manitoba Pork Council says one of the biggest fears related to U-S mandatory country-of-origin labelling is the potential loss of American pork-processing capacity.

Pork producers from Canada and the U-S met yesterday in Minneapolis to discuss the impact the labelling is having on producers on both sides of the border.

Council Chair Karl Kynoch says the regulations have slowed the movement of Canadian pigs into the U-S, and that has resulted in barns on both sides of the border going empty.

Kynoch says the longer the issue drags out the more producers will be lost on both sides of the border.

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Despite posting a 33 million dollar first-quarter loss, Viterra is looking for new acquisitions.

C-E-O Mayo Schmidt says the company has an ambitious plant to expand, although he didn't specify takeover targets.

Schmidt does say they could include milling and processing businesses.

The Regina-based company established an International Grain Division last year, with offices in Calgary, Vancouver, Singapore and Tokyo.

 


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