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Federated Co-op eggs to bear EQA symbol

Federated Co-op is the latest organization to pick up Egg Farmers of Canada’s Egg Quality Assurance branding on some of its packaging. “We know Co-op customers care where their food comes from and how it’s produced,” said Ron Healey, vice-president of ag and consumer business at Federated Co-operatives Limited in an Oct. 29 news release.

McDonald’s to promote Egg Farmers of Canada standards

Egg Farmers of Canada is working with McDonald’s Canada to launch a new certification trademark for eggs served in the food service chain’s 1,400 restaurants nationwide. McDonald’s advertising for its Egg BLT McMuffin sandwich sold this summer will display the EQA (Egg Quality Assurance) trademark. “The EQA program is the culmination of decades of work


Dairy, egg and poultry producers are all concerned about the effect the new TPP deal will have on their sector.

TAKEN BY SURPRISE: TPP II hits supply management with no warning

When combined with earlier trade deals, 10 per cent of the dairy and poultry will potentially be in foreign hands

The supply-managed sector learned the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), as the updated TPP trade deal is now known, would be proceeding at the same time the rest of the country did. That’s despite regular meetings with cabinet members and government officials to express concerns about provisions in it. The sector is now awaiting

Poultry farmers still need answers on TPP impact

Producers are hopeful Canadian consumers will continue to buy their products

Although they’ll have to cope with significantly increased imports if Canada ratifies the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Canadian egg, chicken and turkey farmers aren’t calling foul over the extra fowl. Instead they plan to encourage consumers to shop Canadian because the domestic products don’t cost much more, they come from smaller farms and they are

Egg farmers to phase out cage housing over 20 years

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canada’s egg farmers plan to replace conventional hen cages with more humane conditions over the next 20 years, amid growing pressure from consumers, restaurants and food companies. The plan — announced Friday by Egg Farmers of Canada, an industry group that manages nearly all of the country’s egg supply — comes


“What is needed now is for government and industry stakeholders to come together to analyze what is needed for Canadian farmers to take full advantage of these trade deals and develop an export strategy.” – CFA president Ron Bonnett.

CFA calls for farmers, Parliament to scrutinize Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trade deal is a win for export agriculture in Western Canada, says Sylvain Charlebois

Supply management marketing boards are grudgingly accepting the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. While they don’t like giving up even a small part of their market, officials said last week they understand there are benefits for the Canadian economy and welcome the government’s pledge of up to $4.3 billion in compensation. Turkey Farmers of Canada chairman Mark

EFC Funds Research Chair In Poultry Welfare

Canada’s egg producers are funding a poultry welfare chair at the University of Guelph to help them develop new housing systems for their birds. Egg Farmers of Canada will contribute $110,000 a year for the next seven years to research alternative housing for layer hens. The research will be headed by Tina Widowski, a University

U. S. Egg Contamination Unlikely In Canada: Industry – for Sep. 9, 2010

Arecent massive recall of contaminated eggs in the United States probably wouldn’t happen in Canada because conditions are different here, industry officials say. Strict biosecurity and food safety protocols for Canadian egg farmers guard against salmonella outbreaks which occurred last month in the U. S., said Laurent Souligny, Egg Farmers of Canada chairman. The U.


Manitoba Policy Catches Canada’s Egg Farmers Off Guard

“I have no idea why they went about it this way.” – LAURENT SOULIGNY, EFC Manitoba’s new policy on alternative housing for layer hens has caught Canada’s other egg-producing provinces by surprise. Manitoba did not consult with other members of Egg Farmers of Canada before announcing its policy last week, said Laurent Souligny, the national