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Agriculture Report

Radiant Beef Gets Green Light

By Fadi Didi

Government has approved the sale of ground beef treated with radiant energy similar to X-rays.


The federal government has approved the sale of ground beef that has been treated with radiant energy similar to X-rays.

Health Canada says irradiation can reduce levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that could be in the meat.

It also says irradiation can extend the shelf life of food products, and adds irradiated ground beef products must be labelled as such.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association has been asking Health Canada to approve ground beef irradiation since 1998.


New Hampshire's maple syrup producers say they are feeling the impact of climate change, as winters become warmer and frigid nights so critical to their business become fewer.

Some producers are talking of seeing a steep drop in the amounts of sap they are getting, while others are dealing with another trend attributed to warmer temperatures in which the sap goes up to the top of the trees rather than down to taps.

The ideal temperatures for sap production are in the 20s at night and 30s and 40s during the day.


The Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating after a 58-year-old man was found dead in a manure holding tank on a dairy farm west of London.

Middlesex O-P-P say they began a search for Carl Gregg of Middlesex Centre after he was reported missing from the rural property yesterday afternoon.

They say his body was eventually found in the manure holding tank.

Gregg was a worker on the dairy farm. 


A new study suggests more than half of Canadians, especially those with health conditions, are worried the foods they're buying are not what labels claim.

In an online survey conducted by researchers at Dalhousie University, 63 per cent of respondents say they were concerned about food fraud _ where a product is misrepresented in some way.

The survey was conducted for three weeks in January among nearly 1,100 adult respondents living in Canada for at least one year.

The polling industry's professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.

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