Pioneer sponsors grain-handling safety
September 28, 2016 - DuPont Pioneer is donating $5,000 to promote grain-handling safety, especially for children.
The money has been donated to the Canadian Farm Safety Association.
The company says it is keen to promote safety when handling grain and is starting with a focus on children and educating them about the risks of entrapment.
Warren elected head of Canadian Meat Council
September 28, 2016 - Troy Warren of Campbellville, Ont., has been elected president and chairman of the board for the Canadian Meat Council for 2016-2018.
He is vice-president of product management, planning and procurement for Maple Leaf Foods.
In 2010, he launched Maple Leaf Foods Raised Without Antibiotic Pork production. Over the past five years, he has led the global customer and product portfolio expansion of this category, managing the commercial component of Maple Leaf Foods primary pork operations, and recording annual sales exceeding $1.3 billion.
He is a graduate of business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.
Dreaded 0157:H7 strikes again
September 28, 2016 - The dreaded poison-producing E. coli 0157:H7 has struck again, this time sickening seven people across four states who ate meat from Adams Farm in Massachusetts.
Beef products are probably the cause, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
From June 27 to September 4, seven people ages one to 74 from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts contracted E. coli O157:H7.
No deaths have been reported, but five of the seven have been hospitalized, the CDC reported.
The CDC, the Department of Agriculture and multiple states are investigating the outbreak, which was traced to the Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts.
The company has recalled beef, veal and bison products.
Olymel investing again in pork
September 26, 2016 - Olymel says it will spend $11 million to expand and modernize its pork further processing plant in St-Henri-de-Lévis on the South Shore of Quebec.
The project involved new equipment that will boost production volume of smoked sausages and emulsions such as Bologna, pepperoni, salami, mock chicken, smoked ham, from 40 million to almost 60 million kilograms a year.
Ultimately, 3,000 square feet will be added to bring the building to 170,000 square feet. The expansion includes a smoker, chillers and production and packaging equipment to expand production of smoked products such as hams.
"To achieve its growth goals, Olymel has invested more than $250 million since 2015 in both its pork and poultry sectors," said Réjean Nadeau, company president and chief executive officer.
Raw milk sickens 20 people
September 26, 2016 - Raw milk from a farm in Colorado has sickened 20 people with campylobacteriosis.
The milk was distributed by Larga Vista Ranch, which is about 20 miles east of Pueblo, according to El Paso and Pueblo county health officials.
The infections highlight the dangers of drinking raw, unpasteurized milk, said Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, El Paso County Public Health’s medical director.
“Sometimes people think that raw foods of all kinds are healthier,” she said.
“But in this case, raw milk is very dangerous to be drinking.”