Category: Food

CFIA Shuts Down Lakeside Packers in Brooks Due to E-coli Outbreak

According to the Calgary Herald, CFIA has suspended operations at the XL Foods Lakeside Cattle Slaughter Facility in Brooks. As we reported earlier this week, this story seems to be mushrooming as the days go by.  CFIA has apparently given XL foods some corrective actions to implement before the plant will be re-opened.  Corrective actions… Read more »

CPIP Temporarily Suspended Due to XL Foods Beef Recall

With the XL Foods beef recall getting some major attention nightly on the news some producer issues are coming to the surface. AFSC has temporarily decided to suspend the fed cattle CPIP program.  In the short term, feedyards will be unable to participate in the government-run risk management program. Jennifer Wood, Livestock Price Insurance Coordinator, AFSC, stated… Read more »

U.S. Stops Importing Beef From XL Foods; Plant Closed for a Day

It’s the beef recall nightmare that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. The XL Foods voluntary re-call regarding possible E. coli-contaminated ground beef began last week; the list of possibly contaminated products has been expanded seven times. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of human E. coli infections linked to this… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Beef Recall Shakes the Market

The recent meat recall at XL Foods is just another issue to provide adversity to the Canadian cattle industry.  With one of two Western Canadian packers being forced to deal with a meat recall the lift lines have pushed an already wide basis wider.   Additionally, the topic of a struggling pork industry has left… Read more »

Cargill Adds Bio-refinery at Clavet

Farmers hauling Cargill’s Specialty Canola Oil canola to Clavet, Sask., will soon see new ground being broken for a first-of-its-kind for Canada edible oil refinery, Cargill recently announced. The world-scale canola oil refinery is slated for a 2014-15 open. “(The refinery) represents the first investment of this kind for Cargill in Canada and is one… Read more »

Puratone Files for Creditor Protection

Niverville, Manitoba-based Puratone Corporation is the second major hog producer in as many weeks to hit the skids, Harry Siemens reports . Puratone filed for creditor protection today, after the board of directors agreed it was the only viable alternatives given the present financial state of the company. Puratone is a major hog supplier to Maple… Read more »

John Oliver: I Feel Even Stronger About the Future of Flax

The western prairies have been described as a sea of canola. Floating somewhere adrift are crops like flax. Crops that are full of potential, but are at risk of falling to more profitable crops like canola and soybeans. Keeping these fringe crops afloat to develop some of that potential means finding better cropping systems.  One… Read more »

Sorry, Organics Are Not More Nutritious

Say what you want about organic food production and produce, but proponents of organics can’t claim that organic food is more nutritious. That’s according to a study out of the Stanford School of Medicine, which concluded definitively that organically produced fruits and veggies offered the same level of nutrients. There are some distinct differences between… Read more »

We’ll All Be Vegetarian Soon: Report

Time to savour that juicy steak, chicken wings and delicious pork tenderloin, because within the next 40 years we’re all going to have go vegetarian. That’s according to a group of scientists from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Researchers there point to water usage in livestock production as the main limiting factor of our… Read more »

Bill Maher and Nick Gillespie Battle it Out On GM Food Labelling

With the high profile stature of celebrities has produced a world where celebrities provide expert opinion on topics they see as “good causes.”   In this case it was political satirist Bill Maher (I watch the show every week) who tackled the cause of GMO food labelling. One of the guests on the panel Reason.com and… Read more »

Before You Decide to Egg-liminate From Your Diet…..

Online news feeds, morning programs and other sources in North America are airing some version of this headline: “Egg yolks are as bad for you as cigarettes”. Dr. David Spence and colleagues from the University of Western Ontario in Canada conducted this research. The results state that eating egg yolks accelerates placquing of arteries in a… Read more »

Be Sure to Follow Pre-harvest Intervals of Insecticides

While much of Manitoba’s canola crop is already in the swath or being combined, Alberta and Saskatchewan fields are at or approaching proper swath timing. Unfortunately, late season pests like bertha armyworm are also building substantially in many areas. Why is this an issue? Because of the pre-harvest interval (PHI) required for many insecticide products…. Read more »

Pulse School – The “Total Package” Approach to Chickpea Breeding

When we talk about the total package approach in any crop breeding program, we mean that every effort has to balance a number of key elements, not taking away from any of them while trying to add to all of them. In chickpea, as with most crops, those efforts are directed at the areas of… Read more »

Wheat School – Evaluating Wheat Varieties For Milling & Baking

The fortunes of a new wheat variety rise or fall depending on their end use characteristics. The food industry in particular needs varieties that exhibit certain traits during processing. If they don’t meet those specific needs in a commercial area like milling or baking, they simply can’t be used. SEE MORE EPISODES OF THE WHEAT… Read more »

Wheat School: How Are New Varieties Brought to Market?

Bringing a new variety to market is not a simple task. In our fast food culture we want everything yesterday, not so much with new wheat varieties. Though it may not seem like it, that’s a good thing. Depending on what that wheat is being bred for, it’s critical that it sees a variety of… Read more »