Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Safe Food Act Introduced


Ag Minister says it will allow better controls on imports and exports.



Our federal government wants to streamline Canada's food inspection system.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has introduced legislation that would allow better control of imports and exports and impose far bigger fines for violations.

Ritz says the legislation is the result of extensive consultation over a number of years with industry, consumer groups, provincial and territorial governments and other stakeholders.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq (ah-GLOO'-kah) says Canada's food safety laws haven't been substantially updated in more than 50 years.


Farmers -- be on the lookout for army worms.

Peter Johnson from the Ontario Agriculture Ministry confirms there are reports of widespread, sporadic infestations.

Johnston says they are mainly in wheat and cereals -- but also in forage and corn.

He claims corn can usually recover from moderate army worm feeding -- as long as the growing point of the plant is not damaged.

Johnson advises the best time to check for the critters is at dusk.


The takeover of Calgary-based Viterra is moving closer to a final sale.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose the 6.1 billion dollar deal with European commodities giant Glencore.

Viterra expects the transaction to close by the end of July.


And 91 per cent of Saskatchewan crops have been seeded.

The government's weekly crop report says that's a jump up from the 86 per cent seeded at the same time last year.



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