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The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal CETA a major threat food safety: Report

A new report warns that the Canada-EU trade deal CETA could threaten food safety and the greater public interest. Meanwhile, a group of Germany NGOs have launched a massive constitutional lawsuit against the deal. The post Canada-EU trade deal CETA a m… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal CETA a major threat food safety: Report

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Cons: Now They’re Threatening Our Food !!!

They are threatening our democracy. Threatening the planet, threatening our lakes and rivers. Now they stand accused of the ultimate crime: threatening our food supply. Canada’s food recall system has not been properly managed by the federal government and “significant improvements” are needed to keep consumers safe, says the federal auditor general. In . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Cons: Now They’re Threatening Our Food !!!

Alberta Diary: E. coli crisis illuminates need for full corporate accountability for private food-processing companies

Transparency: It’s not just about windshields any more. Below: In real life, Canadian Food Inspection Agency meat inspectors at the XL Foods packing plant in Brooks may not appear exactly as illustrated.

As the E. coli crisis at XL Foods in southeastern Alberta clearly illustrates, food safety is too important a topic to . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: E. coli crisis illuminates need for full corporate accountability for private food-processing companies

Alberta Diary: The XL Foods E. coli Crisis: Is the media asking the right questions?

The Edmonton Journal’s front page on Friday. Below: Brian Nilsson apologizing, Lee Nilsson, the Mannix brothers, Fred and Ron. All photos grabbed from the Internet.

Postmedia News, owner of Alberta’s two largest newspapers, was so relieved when one of the brothers who own troubled XL Foods Ltd. in this province’s southeast finally emerged . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The XL Foods E. coli Crisis: Is the media asking the right questions?

somecanuckchick dot com: When is an Agriculture minister ^NOT an Agriculture minister?

Silence is golden.

A proverbial saying…

With respect to the Harper government, specifically the Agriculture minister and the XL Foods recall, saying nothing is preferable to speaking.

For those of you keeping track…

It has been 1 week and 1 day since Gerry Ritz, the Minister of Agriculture, updated Canadians on anything pertaining . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: When is an Agriculture minister ^NOT an Agriculture minister?

Alberta Diary: XL Foods, Tories and a frightened, politicized inspection agency offer a textbook case of brand destruction

“If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef!” Not any more, though, thanks to the efforts of Alberta politicians, companies and the federal food inspection agency. From left to right above: Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry “Cold Cuts” Ritz, Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson and Alberta Premier Alison Redford. Actual politicians may not appear exactly . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: XL Foods, Tories and a frightened, politicized inspection agency offer a textbook case of brand destruction

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Food Safety Shell Game

The Conservatives are treating Canada’s food safety budget like a game of three-card monte but here is the straight goods on what is budgeted.  So fasten your seatbelts and keep your eye on the the cards.

The Conservatives recite repeatedly that the federal government has increased the food…

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Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Food Safety Shell Game

The Conservatives are treating Canada’s food safety budget like a game of three-card monte but here is the straight goods on what is budgeted.  So fasten your seatbelts and keep your eye on the the cards. The Conservatives recite repeatedly that … . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Food Safety Shell Game

Alberta Diary: If it’s Alberta, it ain’t goin’ across the border: time to connect the dots on XL Foods

“If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef!” Alberta Beef Producers’ advertising models may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: I [HEART] [ALBERTA MAP] [BEETS]; Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson and Premier Alison Redford.

Do you remember that brilliant advertising campaign, “If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef”?

Well, nowadays – as the continental . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: If it’s Alberta, it ain’t goin’ across the border: time to connect the dots on XL Foods

calgaryliberal.com: Harper does it again: Undermining Canadian business and industry (this time on beef)

If you want to undermine Canadian beef at home and abroad in one fell swoop you only need to take away the long-standing trust people have held for the safety of our food industries. A fundamental trust that has been rebuilt from BSE in particular. And that undermining has been brought on by undercutting Canada’s . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Harper does it again: Undermining Canadian business and industry (this time on beef)

bastard.logic: Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast)

TorStar, March 20th:

Schools, hospitals and popular burger restaurants such as Hero’s and Lick’s are part of a suddenly massive beef recall over fears of E. coli contamination.

The G&M, today:

Veterinarians and other inspectors responsible for food recalls and ensuring the safety of Canadian meat are among the hundreds of federal public servants . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Dueling Ledes (Compare & Contrast)