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Agriculture Report

More beef pressure on South Korea


Canada steps up pressure to get Canadian beef into South Korea.


International Trade Minister Stockwell Day says Canada is going to the World Trade Organization over South Korea's ban on Canadian beef imports.

South Korea banned Canadian beef imports in May 2003 after B-S-E was found in a Canadian cow.

The World Organization for Animal Health deemed Canada a `controlled B-S-E risk' country in May 2007 -- meaning most beef parts are safe to import, except for certain parts such as the brains, eyes and tonsils that run the highest risk of carrying B-S-E.

But South Korea has so far refused to reopen its borders to Canadian beef.


Canadian cattle producers are welcoming news the government of Canada will take the formal step of a World Trade Organization challenge against South Korea.

Travis Toews, the Vice President of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, says Canadian beef meets all the requirements for full market access, yet South Korea is stalling that from happening.

Toews says a negotiated agreement would have been better, but it soon became clear no progress was being made.

He says it's particularly galling that South Korea's border is closed to Canadian beef, but not the United States.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says more foods tied to potentially tainted pistachios imported from the U-S are being recalled.

The agency is warning the public not to consume six different foods produced in Canada by Nanak: three types of Rasmalai, along with Kaju roll, Kesar Peda and Pista Berfi.

Also to be avoided are various packages of Setton Farms roasted, salted pistachios made in the U-S, along with various packages of Sahjale Snacks.

The agency says the foods contain pistachios subject to a major recall in the U-S due to salmonella contamination.


The Barrie Fair, which is usually held in August, has been cancelled.
The Barrie Agricultural Society has instead decided to focus on preparations for setting up in a new location for next year.

The fair has been running for 155 years.
The move comes after the 15-hectare property where the fair was located was purchased by a Toronto company and slated for commercial redevelopment.

The society's general manager says cancelling this year's fair was a tough decision to make -- but holding a temporary fair would be too costly.


Ontario tobacco farmers will split 284 million dollars to get out of the business under a federal government transition program.

The Chair of the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers Marketing Board says new figures show the province's roughly one-thousand tobacco farm families have surrendered 99.7 per cent of the outstanding quota in exchange for money from the program.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the government is pleased to offer the help to farmers who want to leave tobacco production and pursue new opportunities in agriculture.


The Grain Growers of Canada is welcoming another commodity group into its organization.

The Prairie Oat Growers Association -- which represents roughly 14-thousand producers -- has decided to join the group.

Executive Director Richard Phillips says they share common interests in issues like public research, international trade and grain transportation.

He says the Oat Growers feel they can have more influence on national policy.


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