By Fadi Didi
Dairy Farmers and its Quality Milk Program has gone through Food Safety recognition program.
Another group has successfully completed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's food safety recognition program.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada and its Canadian Quality Milk Program has gone through the program.
It provides federal recognition of on-farm and post-farm food safety systems developed and implemented by national industry organizations.
Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has congratulated the dairy farmers.
The dairy group is only the second organization to qualify under the program, after the Chicken Farmers of Canada in 2013.
The federal New Democrats have tabled a motion -- calling on the Liberal government to require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.
N-D-P agriculture critic Ruth Brosseau says the situation is urgent and producers are tired of waiting.
She claims Canadian producers lost more than 220 million dollars last year due to imported diafiltered milk from the United States.
The U-S Department of Agriculture will spend 13 million dollars to buy up to 30 million pounds of wild blueberries.
Officials say it will help stabilize prices and supply for one of Maine's signature industries.
Maine produces about a quarter of North America's total blueberries.
One official says the low value of the Canadian dollar gives Canadian growers a tremendous competitive advantage around the world.