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Agriculture Report

Meat Products Recalled

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Some recalled meat products may be in deli trays and sandwiches.


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Some recalled meat products may have been sold in deli trays and sandwiches in supermarkets in several provinces.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued an advisory late last week, saying that recalled products contaminated with Listeria from Smith's Quality Meats may have been sold in outlets in B-C, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and all three territories.

The agency says there was a misunderstanding and some stores may not have removed the recalled meat products.

It says if consumers can't identify the brand of roast or corned beef they've recently purchased, they should make sure they're not eating a recalled product.

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A Saskatchewan farmer is fighting the Canadian Food Inspection Agency over cattle ear tags.

Ken Habermehl is challenging a 500-dollar fine he received after ear tags in some of his animals fell out.

Although replaced, Habermehl was still penalized.

He claims the radio frequency identification tags are faulty.

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Many areas of southern Alberta and some regions in Saskatchewan are soaked after up to 150 millimetres of rain deluged the Prairie provinces last week -- and it will have implications for farmers.

In Saskatchewan it's so wet that about one-quarter of crops have not yet been planted at a time when farmers are normally done seeding.

Provincial officials say they're concerned about livestock that are getting sick and dying from moisture-related illnesses, such as pneumonia.

They say farmers may want to watch for signs of anthrax in cattle, which could appear as the ground dries out.

The organism that causes the disease occurs naturally in soil.

Officials in southern Alberta are telling farmers with flooded fields not to pump the water onto their neighbour's property.

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The president of Manitoba's Keystone Agricultural Producers says the province's farmers are paying too much to transport their grain by rail to market.

A report released last week by several farm groups says producers in Western Canada paid about eight-dollars and 81 cents per tonne, or roughly 275 million dollars in transportation costs last year.

Ian Wishart, president of the Manitoba group, says farmers can't be expected to be competitive when they're paying such high costs.

He says farmers in Manitoba not only have farther to ship, they also produce more grain per acre.

Wishart says that means they also pay more to transport their crops.

 

 


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