Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Public Comments Wanted on Irradiated Beef

By Fadi Didi

Health Canada opens 75 day consultation period for irradiated beef proposal.

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Health Canada says it has done a thorough safety review and says irradiated beef is safe to eat.

Officials say it also maintains its food value, taste, texture and appearance.

Industry groups have sought irradiation for more than a decade as a way to prevent the spread of E. coli, salmonella and other dangerous bacteria -- but the measure has run into negative public reaction.

Health Canada says a 75-day consultation period will seek comment from the public and stakeholders over a proposal to allow the irradiation of fresh and frozen ground beef.

Health Canada says irradiation is an optional tool meant to complement -- and not replace, existing food safety processing standards and practices, such as appropriate handling, sanitation and storage.


There's been another tragic farm fire -- this time in Saskatchewan.

Close to 5,000 pigs perished in a fire in Leroy, east of Regina, early Sunday morning.

They say two pig barns were fully engulfed in flames when they arrived, and both barns were a total loss.

Police say the fire is not considered suspicious at this time.


Ron Davidson of the Canadian Meat Council says the Labour Minister engaging in wishful thinking after she said she planned to celebrate when the Liberal government shuts down the temporary foreign workers program.

Groups that see the program as crucial to their industries were taken aback -- they're still waiting to see what a House of Commons standing committee will recommend for the temporary workers program.

MaryAnn Mihychuk says she was only joking when she made the remarks at a private gathering in Ottawa.

Nonetheless, she is standing by her message that she hopes one day soon, the program will no longer be necessary.


The manager of last week's Canada Farm Progress Show in Regina says the International Business Centre tracked over 500-million dollars in sales.

The centre introduces international visitors to exhibitors that export equipment and technology.

This year it had 700 people registered from 52 countries.


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