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Rabobank reports strong demand for global beef market
April 7, 2014 - A new Rabobank report on the global beef industry is forecasting continued strong market fundamentals and strong global demand led by the Chinese market.

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U.S. court vacates ruling in COOL lawsuit, will review in May
April 4, 2014 - The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today vacated last week's ruling that denied a request from a coalition of U.S. and Canadian industry groups to block implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's May 2013 final rule on country-of-origin labelling (COOL).

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New executive committee for Alberta Farm Animal Care
April 2, 2014 - Alberta Farm Animal Care, a partnership of Alberta's major livestock groups with a mandate to promote humane animal care within the livestock industry, recently elected a new producer executive committee.

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AMI board votes to proceed with NAMA merger
April 2, 2014 - The American Meat Institute's (AMI) board of directors today voted to proceed with a merger with the North American Meat Association (NAMA). The vote is the second of three steps necessary to finalize a merger that would occur Jan. 1, 2015, if approved.

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Maple Leaf introduces new protein snack
April 2, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto this week launched a new line of protein snacks with the help of four-time Olympic Gold Medalist for women's hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser.

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Livestock Care Conference focuses on turning ideas and innovation into action
March 31, 2014 - Livestock producers and industry leaders are on the right track in shepherding agriculture through an important period of transition, innovation and heightened management expectations in a new world of farm animal care.

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Manitoba investment to improve tracking of bovine TB
March 31, 2014 - Manitoba will launch a five-year, $150,000 project to better monitor bovine tuberculosis (TB) by linking on farm data to traceability tools throughout the beef processing system, the province's agriculture minister announced today.

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U.S. court rules in favour of COOL
March 28, 2014 - A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals today rejected a food industry challenge to block the implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's final rule on country of origin labelling (COOL).

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NAMA names Reiser 2014 Supplier of the Year
March 28, 2014 - The North American Meat Association (NAMA) gave its 2014 Supplier of the Year Award to Reiser. The award was accepted on behalf of the company by president Roger Reiser at a ceremony held during the association's annual meeting on March 21.

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Maple Lodge Farms sentenced for animal transport violations
March 28, 2014 - On Thursday, at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Brampton, Ont., Maple Lodge Farms - Canada's largest chicken slaughter plant - was sentenced in a case involving 60 charges laid by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for violations under the Health of Animals Regulations.

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CCA introduces new logo
March 27, 2014 - The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) unveiled its new logo this week - the latest part of a rebranding process that began with the launch of the new CCA website in the fall of 2013.

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Cattlemen's Young Leaders announce 2014 mentorship recipients
March 27, 2014 - The Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) program on Wednesday announced its 2014 national mentorship recipients. The 16 recipients were selected following the final selection round at the CYL Spring Forum held in Calgary on March 22.

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Maple Leaf Foods making leadership changes
March 27, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods today announced changes to its organizational structure and leadership that will be effective upon the completion of the sale of its 90 per cent ownership in its bakery business, which is expected to occur in this year's second quarter.

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PEDv to bring significant two-year shortfall to North American hog market, report says
March 25, 2014 - According to a new Rabobank report, Canada will see a significant shortfall of hogs next year if the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) spreads at a similar rate as it has in the United States, where the virus has so far has impacted about 60 per cent of the country's breeding herd.

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Maple Leaf Foods fined for employee injury
March 25, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods has been fined $110,000 after an employee lost fingers in a chopping machine at a meat processing plant in North York, Ont.

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CPC: PEDv needs to be eliminated in Canada
March 24, 2014 - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) today ensured the pork industry is working to eliminate the spread of viruses like porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in Canada.

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NAMA one step closer to merge with AMI
March 24, 2014 - The board of directors for the North American Meat Association (NAMA) on Saturday announced it has approved an agreement to merge with the American Meat Institute next year.

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Kirkland Signature brand chicken product recalled due to listeria
March 21, 2014 - Freshouse Foods Ltd. is recalling Kirkland Signature brand Grilled Chicken Breast Strips from the marketplace due to possible listeria contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Thursday.

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Gov't invests $5M in Maple Leaf's new Hamilton facility
March 20, 2014 - The federal government today announced a $5 million investment for Maple Leaf Foods to purchase and install new meat processing technology to improve the company's operating and production efficiencies and enhance food safety at its new Hamilton, Ont. plant.

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Swine virus SDCV detected in six Ontario farms
March 19, 2014 - Ontario Pork on Tuesday said swine deltacoronavirus (SDCV), an infection clinically similar to, but distinct from, porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) and transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), was diagnosed in six Ontario pig farms by the province's Animal Health Laboratory (AHL), as of March 14.

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Alberta farm group to hold Livestock Care Conference March 26-27
March 18, 2014 - Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC), organizers of the Livestock Care Conference being held March 26 to 27 in Edmonton, said there is still time to register for the knowledge-sharing event, which is designed for everyone from industry leaders and individual producers to researchers, industry, students, government and other stakeholders with an interest in farm animal care.

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Conference Board releases Canadian Food Strategy
March 18, 2014 - The Conference Board of Canada today launched the Canadian Food Strategy, the result of four years of research and dialogue through the Conference Board's Centre for Food in Canada.

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Gov't holds discussion with livestock producers about Agricultural Growth Act
March 13, 2014 - Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and Cathy McLeod, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, held a round table discussion today in Kamloops, B.C. with stakeholders from Canada's livestock industry to discuss proposed changes outlined in the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18).

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Canada reaches FTA with Korea
March 11, 2014 - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada and the Republic of Korea have concluded negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), a development that was applauded by representatives of Canada's meat industry.

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Gov't announces $4M funding for Farm Management Canada
March 10, 2014 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada today announced a five-year investment of over $4 million to Farm Management Canada (FMC) to help strengthen producers' business skills and build farm management capacity.

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CCA welcomes new president
March 10, 2014 - At its annual general meeting last week, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) named Camrose, Alta. native Dave Solverson as its new president, taking over from Martin Unrau, who moves to the position of CCA past president.

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Manitoba CVO rules out feed as PEDv source
March 7, 2014 - Manitoba's Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) today reported it has ruled out feed as a possible source of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) on a farm in the province.

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McDonald's first winner of CCA innovation award
March 7, 2014 - The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) on Thursday introduced a new award that recognizes innovation that supports industry competitiveness and sustainability. McDonald's Canada was named the first recipient of the award at the association's annual general meeting in Ottawa this week.

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Updated Pig Code of Practice announced
March 6, 2014 - After three years of multi-stakeholder consultations and a 60-day public comment period, an updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs was unveiled today.

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New beef advocacy program launched in Canada
March 6, 2014 - Canada Beef and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) today launched a new advocacy and education program at the CCA's annual general meeting.

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Cattle estimates down, Statistics Canada reports
March 5, 2014 - Canadian farmers reported 12.2 million cattle on their farms as of Jan. 1, down 0.7 per cent from the previous year, while hog producers saw a slight increase, Statistics Canada reported.

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Lucerne recalls sandwich products due to salmonella
March 5, 2014 - Calgary-based Lucerne Foods is recalling various sandwich products from the marketplace due to possible salmonella contamination.

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CFIA update on investigation into feed as possible PED source
March 4, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Monday reported that it has not been able to confirm a link between feed containing blood plasma and porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) cases in Canada.

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CCA beef advocate honoured among top lobbyists
March 3, 2014 - Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) director of government and international relations John Masswohl was named to the Hill Times Top 100 lobbyists for 2014, according to a newsletter from the CCA.

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Agricultural Growth Act reaches Second Reading
March 3, 2014 - Canada's farming industry is one step closer to gaining a broad suite of new tools that will help them remain competitive in the global marketplace and grow their markets at home, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said today, as he spoke to the benefits of the Agricultural Growth Act at Second Reading in the House of Commons.

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French company to acquire animal health business of Bioniche Life Sciences
March 3, 2014 - France-based Vetoquinol will acquire the animal health business of Ontario-based biopharmaceutical company Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. for $61 million, the companies announced in a joint release last week.

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Maple Leaf Foods posts Q4 loss
February 27, 2014 - Maple Leaf Foods today reported a loss of $21.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to restructuring costs.

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Full swine traceability takes big step forward
February 26, 2014 - The Government of Canada today published an amendment to Canada's Health of Animals Regulations in Part II of the Canada Gazette, marking a major step toward the establishment of a national swine traceability system.

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Government launches consultations to strengthen food safety enforcement
February 25, 2014 - The Government of Canada is proposing to expand monetary penalties to the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations.

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No further PEDv cases in Manitoba, Quebec confirms first
February 25, 2014 - Manitoba's Office of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) reported that there have been no new confirmed cases of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Manitoba.

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U.S., Canada harmonizing names of meat cuts
February 24, 2014 - Canada and the United States have agreed to harmonize the terminology used for wholesale cuts of meat, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced today.

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Canadian company recalls meat products in U.S. due to inspection oversight
February 24, 2014 - Santa Maria Foods, a Rexdale, Ont. company, recalled approximately 8,895 pounds of salami, ham and other meat products, in the United States because they were imported without full inspection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Gov't discusses trade opportunities for pork producers
February 20, 2014 - Canada Pork International's (CPI) annual general meeting in Montreal this week, Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture), outlined the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting and enhancing the competitiveness of Canada's pork sector.

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Officials report on COOL dispute hearing
February 20, 2014 - Officials from the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) said there was a "noteworthy development" at the World Trade Organization (WTO) hearing on U.S. country-of-origin-labelling (COOL) in Geneva this week, as the U.S. conceded that COOL measure amended last May has not eliminated the detrimental impact on Canadian and Mexican livestock.

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AAFC reports see positive outlook for ag sector
February 19, 2014 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) today released three reports for that suggest an overall positive situation for the agriculture sector in the coming years.

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CFIA investigating link between feed and PEDv
February 19, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) this week announced it is conducting science-based testing to determine if feed may be a contributing factor in the current porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) situation.

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Government invests in poultry research
February 18, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $4 million to the Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC).

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Update: PEDv confirmed in Manitoba
February 14, 2014 - Manitoba's Office of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed the province's first case of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus on a farm in southeast Manitoba, based on a positive test result from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease.

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Suspected case of PEDv in Manitoba
February 14, 2014 - The Chief Veterinary Office (CVO) of Manitoba on Thursday reported the first positive samples of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) from pigs on a weaned to finish farm in Manitoba.

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Meat and cattle industry support budget announcements
February 13, 2014 - In the 2014 Federal Budget announced this week, the government announced its intent to increase the allocation for food safety by a total of $390 million during the next five years, a move praised by Canada's meat processing industry.

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Manitoba producers to benefit from livestock price insurance program
February 13, 2014 - Manitoba will join Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia by participating in the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP), a livestock price insurance program designed to help cattle and hog producers manage price risks.

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Feed company moves to porcine origin ingredient free products over PEDv concerns
February 11, 2014 - Ontario-based feed company Grand Valley Fortifiers is requesting that its customers stop feeding its Bionic, BioForce, and BioPrime nursery feeds (phases 1 - 4) sold from the date Jan. 1, forward as these products contain an animal by-product that may be a risk factor in the transmission of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

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Canadian exporters urge Harper to conclude FTA talks with South Korea
February 11, 2014 - Canada's top meat processors and industry organizations are among those that have written a joint letter to Prime Minister Harper urging the Government of Canada to successfully conclude a free trade agreement with South Korea.

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Government launches online tool to help prevent food-related illnesses
February 11, 2014 - The Government of Canada on Friday launched the Reference Database for Hazard Identification (RDHI), a searchable online database designed to help the food industry identify and address food safety hazards.

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Semi-finalists named for Cattlemen's Young Leaders program
February 10, 2014 - The Canadian Cattlemen's Association's Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) announced 26 semi-finalists vying for 16 mentorship positions in the 2014 program year.

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NSF-GFTC hosts Safe Food Canada 2014
February 10, 2014 - NSF-GFTC (formerly the Guelph Food Technology Centre) will host Safe Food Canada 2014 this Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ont. The event is designed to help food professionals gain strategic insights into the regulatory landscape, global food supply chains and food safety culture.

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Government invests in Quebec-based family poultry business
February 6, 2014 - The federal government recently announced that Ferme La Rose des Vents, a poultry producer based in Mont-Laurier, Que., has been granted financial assistance that will enable the firm to increase productivity at its agrifood processing plant.

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PEDv hits eight Ontario farms
February 6, 2014 - The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has reached eight farms in southwestern Ontario, according to Ontario Pork.

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Bacon spread recalled over botulism concerns
February 5, 2014 - An Edmonton-based bacon product has been recalled over concerns of botulism, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Tuesday.

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Taiwanese market opens to bone-in beef
February 5, 2014 - The Taiwanese market is now open to Canadian bone-in beef and other specified beef products from Canadian animals under 30 months of age (UTM), Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced today.

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Wendy's asks for quarterly reports toward phase-out of gestation stalls
February 4, 2014 - The Wendy's restaurant chain is now asking its Canadian and U.S. pork suppliers to submit regular quarterly reports on their progress toward eliminating the use of gestation stalls. The chain plans to have all of its pork sourced from suppliers that don't use the controversial crates by 2022.

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Staff changes take effect at NAMA
February 3, 2014 - The North American Meat Association last week announced two changes to its executive staff. The new positions took effect Feb. 1.

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U.S. congressman Costa to speak at NAMA conference
February 3, 2014 - California congressman Jim Costa will appear as a guest speaker at the North American Meat Association's (NAMA) Meat Industry Management Conference and Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 22.

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Government provides emergency access to vaccine for hogs
February 3, 2014 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Friday announced it is prepared to issue permits to authorize veterinarians to import the iPED+, a vaccine produced by Ames, Iowa-based Harrisvaccines for use in Canadian pig herds.

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Four confirmed cases of PEDv in Ontario
January 31, 2014 - Ontario now has four confirmed cases of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv), Ontario Pork stated Thursday.

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Effect of PEDv on global pork market is a "wildcard"
January 31, 2014 - The price outlook for the global pork market for the first and second quarter of 2014 is steady, but the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in North America is making for some uncertainty in the market, financial services group Rabobank said in a report Thursday.

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Industry groups urge U.S. to change COOL
January 30, 2014 - A group of U.S. meat industry associations are calling on the U.S. government to repeal its mandatory country-of-origin-labelling (COOL) law. The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed the Farm Bill, which the groups noted lacks changes in language that would have provided a fix for COOL.

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CFIA rules cost Canadian farmers $657M a year: report
January 30, 2014 - According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the cost of complying with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) regulations totals $657 million each year for Canada's farmers and agriculture industry.

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CMC, 4-H Canada name scholarship winners
January 30, 2014 - 4-H Canada this week announced the recipients of the Larry Milton Campbell Memorial 4-H Scholarship, sponsored by the Canadian Meat Council (CMC).

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AMI honours Boyle with 2014 Industry Advancement Award
January 29, 2014 - The American Meat Institute (AMI) today honoured its president and CEO, J. Patrick Boyle, with its highest award.

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WeighPack adds territory managers
January 29, 2014 - WeighPack Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of high performance packaging equipment, this week announced the appointment of John Cloutier and Derek Chandler as territory managers for Ontario, Manitoba, Michigan and upstate New York.

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Olymel announces regrouping of pork breeding and processing operations
January 24, 2014 - La Coop fédérée, the largest agri-food company in Quebec, and its meat processing subsidiary, Olymel, jointly announced today that technical and consulting services to producers in the pork industry, such as herd management, animal welfare and meat quality, will now be placed under the responsibility of Olymel.

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New price insurance program for western livestock producers
January 24, 2014 - A new livestock price insurance program will be available this spring to help cattle and hog producers in the western provinces manage price risks faced by the industry, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced today.

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Government invests $15M in pork export industry
January 23, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $15 million to Canada Pork International (CPI) to increase the Canadian pork sector's access to both existing and emerging international markets.

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Banff Pork Seminar honours Manitoba innovator
January 22, 2014 - The developer of a tool that improves handling for baby pigs at processing and improves the health and wellbeing of farm workers has been awarded the 2014 F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production by the Banff Pork Seminar.

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NAMA to hold Centre of the Plate Training in June
January 22, 2014 - Registration is open for the North American Meat Association's (NAMA) Center of the Plate Training to be held at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, on June 3 to 5.

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Heat Sealing Packaging to distribute Sealpac in Canada
January 21, 2014 - Sealpac, a leading supplier of modern tray sealing technology to the worldwide food industry, has added Heat Sealing Packaging (HSP) as a new distributor to its global network for Canada.

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Ritz builds on international trade relationships at Berlin Summit
January 20, 2014 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz last week represented the interests of Canadian farmers and met with key trading partners at the 6th Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Summit at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture during International Green Week.

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Ham product recalled over listeria concerns
January 20, 2014 - Overwaitea Food Group has recalled a ham product distributed in Alberta and British Columbia due to a possible listeria contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on the weekend.

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Taiwan to open market to increased Canadian beef access
January 17, 2014 - Taiwan will open its market to Canadian bone-in beef and other specified beef products, Taiwanese officials announced Thursday.

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Liver pate recalled for possible Clostridium botulinum
January 15, 2014 - Webbers Food is recalling "Hausmacher" liver pâté from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Tuesday.

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Restaurant program to provide nutritional breakdown
January 15, 2014 -According to recent research conducted for the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), 92 per cent of Canadians feel it is important to know the nutrition breakdown of the foods they eat in restaurants.

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