Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Wasting Food Costs Money

By Manny Paiva

Consumer Reports says we are wasting thousands of dollars by throwing out food before expiry date.


Length: 1:07

Just because you are getting close to the best before date on the food in your fridge -- doesn't mean it's going bad.

Food makers and Health Canada say the dates refer to the last day the product is at its peak quality -- and that it's okay to eat many foods after the printed date.   

The reassurance comes after a story by Consumer Reports.

It says people are throwing away thousands of dollars every year in food that's still okay to eat because they think the "best before'' dates are really expiration dates.

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Bioindustrial Innovation Canada is getting 7 million dollars from our federal government.

The Ontario based firm will work with scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to add value to the agriculture sector.

They will look at developing more environmentally-friendly bioproducts.

They will do that by exploring the use of food byproducts for the manufacture of gums and landscape products.

They will also look to develop new varieties of rye and wheat that can be used to produce high-value biochemicals and bioenergy.

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Producers in Manitoba's hog industry are being urged to follow biosecurity rules after a new case of hog virus surfaced.

Five farms in the province have had incidents of PED.

Manitoba Agriculture wants the industry to be more vigilant, even though there is no clear link between the cases.

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And Police in California have arrested four young men -- suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club.

All have been booked on charges of burglary and felony cruelty to animals.

There's no word on a motive.

 

 


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