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Agriculture Report

Pork Is Safe To Eat

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Some countries ban pork after herd tested positive for H-1-N-1 virus.


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Preparations continue for the visit of Liberal agriculture critic Wayne Easter.

He will meet with farm leaders and Liberal supporters at the Chesley Co-op Mill banquet room on Thursday night.

Easter is expected to discuss the impact of swine flu and the Country of Origin Labelling on farmers.

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The Grey Bruce Livestock Co-operative is also holding its first cattle sale of the year this Thursday.

It begins at 10 o'clock just south of the gates of Wiarton.

For more information call Ron at 534-2651 or Leanne at 371-3953.

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Agriculture and industry officials are doing their best to get the message out that Alberta pork is still safe to eat.

China and some other countries have banned Alberta pork because a pig herd in the province has contracted the H-1-N-1 flu virus.

Alberta's chief veterinarian says the decision to close borders is not based on science.

The President of the Canadian Pork Council calls the pork ban a knee jerk reaction and says it's hitting producers hard in the pocket book.

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Federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz is going to get his audience with the head of a secretive government probe into the listeriosis outbreak.

Investigator Sheila Weatherill will question Ritz about his role in the crisis that caused the deaths of 22 people who ate tainted meat.

Ritz apologized last fall after The Canadian Press reported that he unnerved some public servants by cracking tasteless jokes about the listeriosis deaths during a conference call.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants to find out if any of its staff have recently been out

of the country and may have been exposed to swine flu.

The agency has asked for a list of employees who have travelled since March 30th.

The precaution is being taken to prevent inspectors who may have come in contact with the H-1-N-1 influenza virus from spreading the flu to pigs.

Bob Kingston, head of the agriculture union representing federal food inspectors, commended the precaution.

 


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