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Agriculture Report

Dairy President says Deregulation Doesn't Deliver

By Fadi Didi

Wally Smith is contrasting Canada's supply-managed system with the rest of the global dairy sector.

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State authorities have charged the owner of a dairy farm in central New York where a 14-year-old was killed last year, crushed under a hydraulic lift.

The attorney general's office says Luke Park is accused of falsifying business records and violating child labour laws at the Park Family Farm in Homer.

Authorities say Alex Smith was killed while operating a Skidloader with a hydraulic lift and fork attachment, preparing bales of hay for cow feed, though by law he was too young to operate the heavy equipment.

The complaint alleges Park employed other minors for about 60 hours a week, more than the 48-hour limit for 16- and 17-year-olds.


Dairy Farmers of Canada president Wally Smith is contrasting Canada's supply-managed system with what's going on in the rest of the global dairy sector.

Smith told last week's Dairy Farmers of Canada annual general meeting in Prince Edward Island that deregulation hasn't delivered.

He says the countries that are coping best globally are those with strong domestic markets.

Smith told the meeting that everything the organization does today is meant to position the sector for an even brighter future.


Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Fletcher's Fine Foods brand Sweet Victory Fully Cooked Smoked Sausages from the marketplace because they contain milk which is not declared on the label.

The product was sold in Ontario.

People with an allergy to milk should not consume the sausages.

The C-F-I-A says the recall was triggered by a consumer complaint, and that the agency is conducting a food safety investigation, which it says may lead to the recall of other products.


The U-S Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama that would require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone to indicate whether the food contains genetically modified ingredients.

Senate approval came earlier this month, but critics argue that many consumers won't be able to read electronic labels.

The White House says Obama will sign the bill, which would pre-empt a Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

The food industry says G-M-Os are safe and the labels could mislead people into thinking they aren't.


Saskatchewan is introducing new regulations to allow home-based processors to sell non-perishable foods directly to consumers and retailers.

The province says the changes to Food Safety Regulations will take effect August 1st and are inspired by cottage food laws in the United States.

Currently, home-based processors are only allowed to sell their food products at venues such as farmers' markets, community bake sales and fall suppers.

The regulations allowing for direct sale more broadly to the public or for re-sale by retail stores only covers foods that would normally not require refrigeration such as breads, biscuits, cookies,  fruit pies, as well as jams and jellies.


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