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The “one and only disker” for what the farmer wants!

Our History: February 1957

In February 1957 you could buy “The one and only disker” which was built in the farmers’ own factory here in Winnipeg by men who know what the farmer wants!” At the annual meeting of the Manitoba Vegetable Growers, directors complained about lack of co-operation from the provincial government in setting up compulsory inspection stations

Are you taking steps to ensure safe fruits and vegetables are in your kitchen?

Prairie Fare: Asian-style Cobb Salad and B.L.A.T. Wrap with Bacon Mayo

Are the cucumbers at the store safe? Have any recent foodborne illness outbreaks occurred with spinach, peppers or lettuce? Lately, you might have heard or read about a recall of cucumbers imported from Mexico that reached various U.S. restaurants and retail stores. At the time of this column, 341 people in 30 states were sickened


Last year the Canadian Animal Health Institute voluntarily offered to stop labelling about 60 medications as livestock growth promotants.

Federal government unveils plans to tackle drug resistance

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose has held a workshop 
with industry to discuss the plan

The federal government has unveiled a national plan for tackling the growing threat from bacteria increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Late on April 17, the Department of Health issued a press release saying it would propose regulations under the Food and Drugs Act to end growth-promoting claims and bulk imports. It didn’t provide any details on

Dr. James Hutchinson

Federal scientists muzzled by PMO

Stance on antibiotic issues hard to pin down

Canada’s federal government wants the public to know that it is promoting the “prudent use” of medically important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals. But it doesn’t want the public to know what that means — and it certainly doesn’t want the public to hear what its scientists and veterinarians have to say about what many

FDA’s trans fat ban could boost demand for non-soybean oils

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement Nov. 7 that it plans to phase out the use of trans fat in processed foods could cause demand for soyoil to drop in coming years, opening the door for other edible oil markets. “The announcement was really a surprise,” Dave Lehman, managing director of commodity research


Popcorn makers could face long, expensive road to lose trans fats

Microwave popcorn makers could face a long and difficult task ridding their snacks of trans fats, if a U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal to ban the additives goes into effect. Just ask Orville Redenbacher. Redenbacher’s, a division of ConAgra Foods Inc., spent six years changing its leading line of popcorn, company scientists said Nov.

U.S. courts helpless to stop biotech crops while being reviewed

A number of U.S. farm groups wants to extend a law that allows farmers to grow a genetically modified crop while regulatory approval of the variety is still being challenged in court. No one in Congress claims ownership of Section 735 of a recent spending bill, but the 22-line provision has blown up a storm

U.S. food retailer to require GMO disclosure labels

The prevalence of GMOs in the United States, coupled with a lack of labelling requirements, has made it very difficult for retailers to source non-GMO options

Reuters / Whole Foods Market Inc. will require all products sold in its U.S. and Canadian stores to carry a label by 2018 saying whether they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the organic and natural grocery seller said March 8. The United States is the world’s largest market for foods made with genetically altered ingredients.


Washington demands better food safety practices

Reuters / U.S. regulators say proposed new food safety rules will make food processors and farms more accountable for reducing foodborne illnesses that kill or sicken thousands of Americans annually. “These proposed regulations are a sign of progress,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest and

U.S. government, health groups sound alarm on antibiotics

Reuters / The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a coalition of 25 health-care organizations are joining forces to fight the overuse of antibiotics in people and livestock in a bid to curb the rise of drug-resistant “super bugs.” Without action, patients could soon face a time when antibiotics are powerless to treat