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The Canadian Grain Commission building on Main Street in Winnipeg. (File photo)

Feds launch consultations on Canada Grain Act

Review to run until April 30

The federal government is now officially canvassing the grains sector on upgrades to Canada’s grain regulatory system. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, speaking Tuesday to Saskatchewan crop organizations’ virtual CropSphere conference, announced the feds’ current Canada Grain Act review has entered its consultation stage, running until April 30. The government said it wants feedback from grain

U.S.-based Impossible Foods, whose Impossible Burger is shown here on display at U.S. grocery chain Wegmans, launched the product at Canadian retail in late October 2020, selling exclusively at Sobeys stores until February 2021. (ImpossibleFoods.com)

CFIA to consult on new near-meat, non-meat guidelines

Clarity for labels, promotion, composition to be considered

“Greater clarity” in federal guidelines for the makeup and labels of “simulated” meat and poultry products is the end zone for a new round of consultations underway for the next month. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency on Tuesday announced the launch for the public consultation, which includes an online survey and runs until Dec. 3.


A three-year-old holds a protest sign ahead of a Dec. 2, 2015 meeting at Okotoks, Alta. between farmers and ranchers and Alberta’s then-ministers of labour and agriculture. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Sturk)

Consultations begin online for replacing Alberta’s Bill 6

A new online survey and direct consultations this summer are expected to inform the new Alberta government’s plans to swap out its predecessor’s legislation on farm and ranch worker protection. Alberta’s governing United Conservatives — who made repeal and replacement of Bill 6 a core plank of their platform before unseating the NDP government back




Irradiated ground beef, such as these burger patties, is expected to have a lower potential presence of harmful pathogens such as E. coli.

Canadians to be consulted on irradiation of raw ground beef

Health Canada officials believe Canadians will be more open to the concept of irradiation of fresh 
and frozen raw beef, following a few highly visible outbreaks in recent years

Health Canada will be consulting with Canadians as the next step in approving irradiation of fresh and frozen raw ground beef. “Canadians and stakeholders will be consulted on the proposed regulatory changes that would permit the irradiation of fresh and frozen raw beef through a 75-day consultation period, ending on Sept. 1, 2016,” said Karen