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Agriculture Report

X-L Foods May Resume Production

By Dan McLean

CFIA says there may be limited production with no meat leaving the plant right away.


Length: 1:11

The X-L Foods plant in Alberta at the centre of an E. coli scare may be allowed to resume limited operations -- but no meat will leave the plant right away.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says staff will be allowed to resume limited in-house cutting and some processing -- but it will be done under strict enhanced oversight.

The 51-hundred carcasses to be processed are already in the plant and have been tested for E. coli.

The plant was shut down back on September 27th during an ever expanding recall of its beef products in more than 20 countries.

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The National Farmers Union is again calling for the federal government to rebuild the meat inspection system.

The group issued a report in 2008 that outlines what it calls problems with the beef sector.

One of the 16 recommendations called for new food safety regulations that encouraged more local abattoirs instead of one massive packing operation.

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The federal government is giving 938 thousand dollars to Hart Fibre Trade Company.

The funding will help it develop a system to straighten hemp fibres to make high-quality textiles.

Hemp fibres is considered an attractive alternative to cotton.

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The U-S Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its projection for the size of this year's corn crop for a fourth straight month.

It says the farmers will now harvest 10.71 billion bushels of corn.

The estimates change as the harvest progresses and the impact of this summer's widespread drought becomes clearer.

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Late blight has been confirmed in tomatoes in southwestern Ontario.

The findings were first discovered last month.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture says numerous new late blight findings have also been reported in tomatoes in the U-S northeast.

 

 


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