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Agriculture Report

X-L Foods Takesl Responsibility

By Dan McLean

X-L Foods says it's doing everything to improve food safety at Alberta plant.


Length: 1:14

The company at the centre of Canada's latest E. coli scare says it takes full responsibility for what has happened at its plant in southern Alberta.

X-L Foods says it is doing everything it can to help improve its food safety.

The federal government suspended the plant's licence to operate last week, and says it won't be reopen until the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is safe.

The Alberta plant produces 35 per cent of Canada's beef -- and more than 16 hundred products have been recalled.

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There are calls from Parliament Hill for Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to resign.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair accuses Ritz of withholding information over the massive recall.

The Agriculture Minister in Saskatchewan is also firing off a letter to Ottawa -- complaining about its handling of the massive recall.

Lyle Stewart says cattle producers raise safe animals -- but when they send them for processing, things go off the rails.

And he notes producers end up paying the price.

The E. coli scare and recall is already driving down cattle prices.

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The canola market received a shock as Stats Canada released its latest crop production estimates.

Canola production was cut to 13.4 million tonnes -- down from 15.4 million in August.

Wheat production is pegged at 26.7 million tonnes while barley production is projected at 8.6 million tonnes -- both of those numbers are down.

National soybean production is estimated at 4.3 million tonnes.

Production of corn for grain is expected to reach 11.6 million tonnes.

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An economics professor is also sounding the alarm about the hog industry.

Chad Hart of Iowa State University says producers are hurting right now and that's going to continue through the fourth quarter.

Hart also predicts prices will decline gradually and they won't start to recover until late in 2013.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued another warning -- to avoid a U-S-made popcorn because it may be contaminated with Listeria.

Two lots of Indiana brand Aged White Cheddar popcorn are affected by the recall -- with best before dates of February 2013.

The popcorn is sold here in Ontario.

There are no reported illnesses.

 

 

 


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