Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

What's in That Sausage?

By Fadi Didi

20 % of sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that weren't on the label.


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A federally funded study has found that 20 per cent of sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that weren't on the label.

Lead author Robert Hanner of the University of Guelph says the findings are alarming, but not surprising given studies done in other countries.

He says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency commissioned him to perform the study that examined 100 sausages labelled as containing just one ingredient.

Five of the 15 turkey sausages contained no turkey at all _ they were entirely chicken and seven of 27 beef sausages contained pork. And one of 38 supposedly pure pork sausages contained horse meat.

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Saskatchewan's agriculture minister says any rain at this point will likely be too little, too late for most crops, as much of the southern part of the province struggles with severe to extreme drought conditions.

Lyle Stewart says later crops may benefit from wet weather, but for the most part, the current crop is too far advanced.

One farmer south of Regina says canola is taking the hardest hit and might only yield half the crop of an average year.

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The Japanese market has become a high value market for Canadian beef because of the middle class and upper class population that value the product.

Starting this week, frozen Canadian beef moving into Japan will pay more in tariffs going from 38.5 per cent to 50 per cent.

It's a concern since import tariffs for countries like Australia and Mexico are far less and remain the same.

Dan Darling, president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association says Japan will take and pay premiums for  cuts that we tend not to use here.

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An Arizona rancher who fought for years to retain sole use of his ``Bar 7'' cattle brand has won a big victory in the Arizona Supreme Court.

The court has ruled the state did not have the legal right to let another cattle company use it to brand its cows.

The unanimous court ruling said the state violated a decades-old law that bars an identical cattle brand from being used by two ranchers.

David Stambaugh, who is 50, has owned the Bar 7 brand since he was 10, when a retired rancher who was friends with his family sold it to him along with 10 cows for 10 dollars.
 


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